Neon Hearts and the Angry Mob by Wayne Power
– poetry at its unfiltered best, delivered with an unrivalled comedic edge –
Love in a time of lockdowns could be one way of describing Neon Hearts and the Angry Mob by Wayne Power, the author’s second collection of poetry that was published precisely one year ago today.
Moreover, these poems go to the very essence of love, seeing it in terms of matters that concern both the heart and the mind. It is a love that is rooted in the communities to which we belong: those that we are born into and those that we seek out, occasionally in search of refuge.
Neon Hearts and the Angry Mob is a worthy follow-up to the author’s impressive debut collection, Everyone’s a Star after Midnight from 2020, but it also marks a progression. Written in the author’s inimitable, racy style – reflecting the spoken-word, performance art that is his craft – these stories offer snapshots of the light and shade of city life, recollections of lost nights, love, mental health, also addressing social and political themes.
Maria spends hours disinfecting her house,– from The New Normal by Wayne Power (part of the collection, Neon Hearts and the Angry Mob)
Nervous to venture too far. Hand gel and masks
Her armour. The news channels stuck on repeat.
Her mind a flurry of scenarios and what ifs.
This is poetry at its unfiltered best, at times gritty but delivered with an unrivalled comedic edge, nourished by a sentiment steeped in fondness for where he is from, where he has been and where he hopes to go in life. We cannot have the good without the bad, so take time to enjoy all that the world has to offer, see both sides, enjoy the things that existence reveals or has yet to tell us about ourselves and the human condition.
A great turnout was in evidence for the official launch of Neon Hearts and the Angry Mob by Wayne Power at St Patrick’s Gateway Centre in Waterford on 4 March 2022. Waterford’s celebrated playwright, Jim Nolan performed the honours on the night while the author himself delighted the audience with readings from his work.
Neon Hearts and the Angry Mob by Wayne Power is published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, along with his debut collection, Everyone’s a Star after Midnight.
Wayne Power’s third collection of poetry, Only When I am Dancing Can I Feel this Free (ISBN: 978-1-911442-44-8), will be published later this year in October, as part of Waterford Writers Weekend. Further details to follow.
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