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Feed the Beast by Pádraig Ó Tuama

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Feed the Beast by Pádraig Ó Tuama features poems which wrestle with sexuality and religion. This breathtaking book charts the landscape into—and out of—the world of “gay cure” and reparative therapy. Having undergone treatments, therapies, and exorcisms for gagging the gay in him, Pádraig Ó Tuama pushes past gods and devils and searches for language that might offer a home for hunger. Alongside a sequence of Seven Deadly Sonnets, this collection contains a breathtaking erasure poem written in response to the Vatican’s statement on the blessing of same-sex unions. With dexterous use of form and voice, Feed the Beast explores registers of rage and resilience. Whether in parable, narrative or song, whether in tenderness or fury, the reader encounters poems that are honed, necessary and—finally—empowered.


PRAISE for Feed the Beast:

The poems in Pádraig Ó Tuama’s Feed the Beast loom large with a kind of broad-stroke swagger only this poet can render through language that is as tender as it is animated: “I’ve been swimming round here for a while now/and while I’ve never touched the ocean floor,/I’ve tried.” This book is unashamed about poetry’s relationship to the spirit…I would go as far as saying this book is one way we know poetry is prayer.

   — Jericho Brown, The Tradition


Tender, heartbreaking, and lyric; an excavation into exile and exorcism as it applies to gay men. This is a book of griefs and resurrection. Beautiful.

   — Joelle Taylor, C+nto & Othered Poems


ABOUT Pádraig Ó Tuama:

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian from Ireland. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland, The Harvard Review, Gutter and the Academy of American Poets, as well as being featured on national broadcasters in Ireland, the USA, Australia, the UK and New Zealand. His podcast Poetry Unbound from On Being Studios has been downloaded over six million times, the compnion book Poetry Unbound is available from Canongate/WW Norton.

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