Steve O'Connor is a Mancunian living in West Yorkshire, where he teaches creative writing at colleges and libraries and runs bespoke distance learning courses. He devised and co-hosted Freed Up, which revolutionised the Manchester poetry scene, worked with Write Out Loud and transformed their Trafford-based poetry open mic night, and co-edited all three volumes of Best of Manchester Poets. He wants more people to write; it's his mission in life.
extraño is Steve's first full poetry collection. He hopes you like it.

Steve O'Connor: extraño
adult poetry
ISBN 978-1-9996707-6-4 | 72pp | 2019
rrp £8.00 | ebook £5.99

Flapjack Press
Central Books

"These are painful and beautiful poems, worn on the sleeve and inked with care and precision. Unwrap their clingfilm, they will speak to the sunshine of rain." - Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, poet & educator

"A celebration of the human existence in its smallest observations. Women in this collection have inner lives more vast and important than their outer appearance." - Anna Percy, poet & Stirred Feminist Collective

"From urban grits of scuffling cityscapes to fully-flown romances of human experience, Steve's poetry simply/complexly soars." - Gerry Potter, poet, playwright, director & actor

"Lifelines of creativity and compassion for those of us who've taken more than our unfair share of beatings. Defiantly hopeful." - Dominic Berry, Saboteur Awards' Best Spoken Word Performer

"He documents our times better than anyone, but what he actually does is to document life, existence and feeling, with intensity, insight, and flashes of panache." - Cathy Thomas-Bryant, Puppywolf

"Sensitive but secure in outlook, these poems reveal a mature yet subtle vibrancy. Their economy of scale disguises their scope and concision." - Robert Cochrane, The Bad Press

Includes a Foreword by Geneviève L. Walsh.

'The Risk Not Taken' by Steve O'Connor from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

from extraño © Steve O'Connor, 2019

Today the sun defies the rain
Shines on the street, cuts through
The morning like an overheard
Five a.m. whistle or the scent
And ghost-buzz of post-storm air
Reigns in the silence, spreads it over
The flimsy skin of these early hours
Yearns to stretch, bend its blank rays
Dazzle into ears all cut-throat and noiseless
Callous sunrise rejects gravity and blazes and blazes
Then sputters as it sparkles
Flickers like jewels hidden beneath beetle wings
And sinks into the loudest shadow.

Cover photo by Vicky Hindle, design by Brink.

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