Perhaps we don't expect young Israeli DJs to fall in love with teenage Palestinian women-rappers, but it happens in Unholyland, as in real life! This verse-novel is driven by what’s currently taking place in the youth-culture of modern Palestine/Israel. The real Arab revolution is the explosion of politico-spiritual rap from subculture, a music which carries the nonviolent message: ‘Putting down the gun and pickin up the mic...’
McCool is a love story and a war story set in the near future, told in the form of a verse-novel. After a Western coalition invasion of Lebanon, Gala’s husband Colonel Parker James is deployed to the frontline and remains in the Middle East through summer and autumn. Anxious, lonely, childless, Galatea impulsively moves to London to resume a career as an art journalist where her path crosses that of the war painter McCool. As the narrative unfolds in sonnet-form a soldier becomes a pacifist, a tortured visionary develops a passion for pure beauty, and tragically, ecstatically, a woman becomes a goddess…
McCool Prospectus by Goldmark
The virtual prospectus for McCool showing four of the verse-novel's 264 sonnets beguilingly laid out in page-turning-land.
The Uninhabitable City
"Other works have developed his unique ability to fuse an inspired romantic tradition with a gritty uber-modern reality, like The Uninhabitable City, where Dun's Orphic voice can melt the tower blocks of a decaying city and refill the syringes of prostitutes with simple hope.”
An alchemical text in four movements.
The valley of the lost Fleet River in Kings Cross is surrounded by the old hills of London, the high places. Vale Royal is a geographical vessel, a symbolic container of the quiet mind, a perfect place to realise the vision of oneness. In the poem Vale Royal the cosmic lifecycle of the Sunchild, the Mighty Youth, born with a vision and dying an early death, reflects the exiled life and redemption of the artist. Chatterton and Blake play his role in the work’s two movements.
The epic poem originally titled India Cantos (but published as Universal by Goldmark in 2002) whirlwinds the reader through North Africa, the West Indies, India. Primarily a travelogue in blank-verse it detours into biographies.
‘Universal makes a fitting retort to recent suggestions that contemporary poets are not facing up to the big questions. Basil Bunting famously said of Pound’s Cantos, “There are the Alps, fools”; well, here are the Himalayas.’ John Greening, Times Literary Supplement
A link to the Goldmark site where some of Aidan's titles are available online.