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Poetry Archive: Matthew Sweeney Reading from his Poems (Kids)

Matthew Sweeney

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Publisher
The Poetry Archive

Published
October 2012

ISBN 13
9781906324674

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Track listing and individual poem timings

01 - The Flying Spring Onion 00.59
02 - Cows on the Beach 01.31
03 - Cecil the Spider 01.07
04 - Fishbones Dreaming 01.38
05 - Lucy's Gosling 01.44
06 - James' Mum 01.38
07 - Johnjoe's Snowman 01.09
08 - Blue Hair 00.54
09 - The Red House 01.24
10 - Honey 02.11
11 - My Dear Mungo 01.05
12 - Night Boy 02.11
13 - All the Dogs 01.00
14 - Me and Benjy 01.23
15 - After Dinner 01.18
16 - Up on the Roof 01.24
17 - Dog in Space 00.42
18 - The Money Tree 02.00
19 - Worrying Days 00.46
20 - Flat Bird 00.59
21 - Ghost Story 00.43
22 - Sing 00.57
23 - A Boy 01.16
24 - Cornered 00.59
25 - Off School 00.56
26 - The New Boy 00.49
27 - Only the Wall 01.08
28 - In the Desert 00.51
29 - The Silent Knight 01.26
30 - The Not So Slow Loris 00.52
31 - The Nobody on the Hill 01.02
32 - A New Me 01.10
33 - Bones 00.43
34 - The Field 00.59
35 - The Bad Girl Haiku 01.02
36 - While I Practise My Piano 01.05
37 - My Party 01.02
38 - Smile 00.51
39 - Spotlight 00.51
40 - The Moon 00.46
41 - The Burglar 00.58
42 - The Butcher 00.45
43 - Mule 00.54
44 - The Sleeping Sailor 01.03
45 - Gold 01.42
46 - I went to the Future 01.39
47 - Maggot Song 01.23


Total length of the recording 54.55


Born in Donegal in Ireland (1952), Matthew Sweeney is one of the most original poets now writing for children. The author of eleven books of poetry for adults, he has written five collections of poetry for children, including The Flying Spring Onion (Faber, 1992) and Fatso in the Red Suit (Faber, 1995). He is editor of The New Faber Book Of Children's Verse (Faber, 2001) and The New Faber Book of Children's Poems (Faber Children's Books, 2003). His prizes include the Penelope Farmer Prize, a Cholmondely Award (1987) and an Arts Council of England Writers Award (1999). He has also published two novels for children and a guide to poetry: Writing Poetry and Getting Published (with John Hartley Williams: Hodder, 1997). He is much in demand as a visiting writer in schools.

Writing directly from the child's perspective Matthew Sweeney draws on and extends the tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson (‘A Boy', ‘Night Boy'). The poems are often about children in solitary settings, or place creatures in environments where they do not belong (‘Dog in Space', ‘Cows on the Beach'). The situations described are characterised by a kind of mild anarchy (‘Blue Hair', ‘James's Mum'), yet are not shielded from unsettling emotions and experiences (‘Only the Wall', ‘While I Practise My Piano'). At the same time, his poems are influenced by European writers such as Kafka, often depicting quite ordinary situations from new and unusual angles (‘The Flying Spring Onion', ‘Fishbones Dreaming'). ‘Up on the Roof' depicts a ‘small, blond boy' rescuing a ‘black and white kitten' from the roof of a church, ‘walking over the slates/as if on a pavement' and nervously observed by the priest and verger from below.

The speaker of ‘While I Practise My Piano' is ‘haunted by child spirits', which is a good summary of reading Matthew Sweeney's poems. We are left in an altogether different territory, both emotional and physical, from the place we started out from. This recording of Matthew Sweeney encapsulates his unique vision of the world, which explores the space between dream and reality, triumph and disaster, and which enter the imagination as a ‘final strangeness of elegance' (Ted Hughes).


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