5000 HURTS by Adrian. B. Earle
2018 Pamphlet Winner
‘Adrian. B. Earle names trauma in all its places; individuals, lovers, society, history, the continuous assault on black bodies. His opening poem Tinnitus gives us an understanding of the depths of trauma, how at times it has no beginning and ending, and continues to echo far after the event. Adrian Earle plays with form and white spaces like an Obeah man creating rituals and magic for couples, fatherhood and suicides. The whole collection is Kintsugi “golden joinery” for the traumas we have or may suffer in the future. 5000 HURTS demands your attention at its highest frequency and resonates through the body long after you have finished reading.’ - blurb by Roy McFarlane
‘Adrian is a writer that jars normal conventions of poetry. Each poem shapes a new journey, at times feeling like a time warp - juxtaposing language within modern settings. 5000 HURTS breathes as much healing as it does rage, and reflection.’ - YOMI SODE
Adrian B Earle is a Poet, playwright and Filmmaker; Host and Producer of the Verse First Poetry Podcast, a creative writer and spoken word poet who performs under the name ThinkWriteFly based in Birmingham.