Publication date 26th July 2018
The second collection by Richie McCaffery, following on from his acclaimed debut Cairn (Nine Arches Press, 2014), explores place and displacement, boundaries and borders. At the heart of these poems, McCaffery asks us to consider what belonging is, and how we find our place in life and in language.
'I enjoyed these poems immensely. Spare, taut and lucid - there is not a wasted word – they interrogate the experience of a young poet living, as he puts it, "in a maze of symbols, /always in two places at once". I found them both unsettling and often incredibly moving.' – Vicki Feaver
'Passport allows the reader entry to poems of introspection that are searching and self-deprecating, critical and often humorous. The poems operate like small bricks – solid, crafted, everyday - that together construct a fine edifice, a house of existential enquiry that is not cosy or gezellig, but cemented with emotional truths - and where the poet is not afraid to take himself and those around him to task.' - Paul Stephenson