GREEN APPLE RED (SIGNED)
A signed copy of 'Green Apple Red', James's pamphlet of queer nature poems published by Broken Sleep Books on 30th September 2022.
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James McDermott’s Green Apple Red is a dazzling pamphlet which maps the speaker's growth from shamed 'unnatural' adolescent into queer adult proud of their nature. These majestic poems look towards a queerness of nature encouraging the inosculation of the reader and McDermott's written word.
Poems from this pamphlet have been previously published in magazines and journals including Anthropocene, Atrium, Finished Creatures, Fourteen Poems and Shooter. James received a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant from Arts Council England to write this pamphlet with mentoring from Richard Scott.
"Clear yet complex poems which lovingly interrogate queer desire to find shame, intimacy and protest in equal measure – unearthing, ultimately, a resonant wisdom in the Norfolk landscape and natural world" Richard Scott
"Green Apple Red revels in entanglements and inosculations, queering the language of nature: ‘bears’ who ‘are worshipped in sub-cultures’; an apple-eater consuming ‘only Cox’s’. In sensuous poems of belonging and longing, James McDermott carves out space for queer bodies in landscapes. These poems invite us to be shameless and public, ‘out in the open’ amongst our fellow creatures: unique, ‘fizzing with want’ like a bee, but ‘just another animal’ too. At once ‘cricket ball small’ with ‘Shame’s Stone’, but gutsy with the ‘second brain’ of the intestines, there’s abundant clarity, humour and vulnerability here, for wandering queers (and non-queers) everywhere" Caleb Parkin