John Siddique is a poet who wants you to read his work, his writing isn't a puzzle you have to figure out. Gathered in these pages is the work of an artist who believes in stories - our stories.
From the domestic realities of everyday life to a world distraught with crises and confrontation Recital looks at our lives over the space of a year. Drawing on inspiration from Grave's `White Goddess,' Siddique's book uses the lunar cycle to tap into the intimate relations of the modern soul; our doubts, hesitations and need for meaning.
Glimpses of inspiration from Larkin, Cummings and Neruda inform the poetry here, but Siddique's own voice takes those ways of looking at the world and sets out stories of who we are right now in the 21st century.
In a time when so many consider poetry to be of little relevance, here is a writer and a book that has never been more relevant to the questions of today and the people we are. Yet it is with a sensuous and loving eye that Siddique writes about secrets that we almost dare not think about. He reveals the quest for love and the spiritual meaning that underpins us.
John Siddique was born in 1964. His discovery of his local library when young began his life-long love affair with what words mean and how they sit together. He is the bestselling author of Recital - An Almanac, Poems From A Northern Soul, The Prize and now Full Blood. He is the co-author of the story/memoir Four Fathers. He has contributed poems, stories, essays and articles to many publications, including Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review, and The Rialto.