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Brendan Cleary | Stranger In The House

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Brendan Cleary

Brendan Cleary

Brendan Cleary is a highly respected poet with several published collections to his name including The Irish Card, Sacrilege and Stranger In The House. 'Weightless' was described as a modern blues. Originally hailing from Northern Ireland Brendan now lives in Brighton where he also teaches poetry. Brendan's poetry often throws up a haunting and vital melody, with hearts and minds and the disorder of the city being laid bare. It can also be darkly comic in turns (Brendan has a penchant for stand-up too) as a voice for the dispossessed, the bed-sit dwellers and the losers in love. "Brendan Cleary is renowned for performances of his poetry... he is as clear on the page as he is on the stage" (Milner Place).


Goin' Down Slow

"Brendan Cleary might be goin' down slow but he's certainly making the most of the descent..." - The Poetry Society

"Just read them for yourself and listen." - Martin Mooney

Brendan Cleary on Wrecking Ball Press

Stranger In The House

Brendan Cleary's poems have never been for the squeamish or faint hearted. They smack of the streets around us. His often manic personas confront their demons, lay bare their hearts and reveal the anguish of their personal disorder in the city's terrain. Read more

The Reater

Issue 3 The Lodger. Peter. After The Party. The Stranger. Fireworks. The Photograph. Blue.

Issue 4 The Reunion. The Neighbour. The Debate. The Economy.