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THE GROWTH OF A POEM:

'Fish & Chips' by Matthew Sweeney

 

 

Matthew SweeneyEditor's Note: Here are the developmental steps in the poem 'Fish & Chips' by Matthew Sweeney, from the first draft scribbled on an airline ticket to draft after draft commented on by John Hartley Williams and Tim Turnbull to the finished poem as it has appeared in the Scottish journal The Dark Horse.

Born in Donegal in 1952, Matthew Sweeney is based in Cork currently, having previously been resident in Berlin, Timişoara and, for a long time, London. His last collection was Black Moon (2007). Several books prior to that include Sanctuary (2004) and Selected Poems (2002). New from Salt in 2010 is his retrospective selection under the title The Night Post.

 

 

 

 

First draft on ticket stub (back & front).

 

Fish & Chips by Matthew Sweeney

Fish & Chips (2) by Matthew Sweeney

 

Correspondence between Sweeney, Hartley-Williams & Turnbull.

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Matthew Sweeney appears in Times New Roman
John Hartley Williams appears in Courier New
Tim Turnbull appears in Verdana.

 

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©2011 Matthew Sweeney, John Hartley-Williams & Tim Turnbull.

 

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Poem first published in The Dark Horse #26. Click here to purchase the issue.

Matthew Sweeney at Poetry International Web

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