Poems For Grown Up Children by Jack Dean
Jack Dean started rapping in an atrocious punk-rap crossover band aged 15. Since then he’s calmed down a bit, got a girlfriend, and carried his love of shouting at strangers to many places. Jack takes the hip hop medium he grew up with, goes out with it gets it drunk and pushes it down the high street in a shopping trolley full of fireworks at 4am. Maybe. Poems for Grown Up Children is his debut collection and is very much 21st Century poetry for 21st Century people. People who have grown up with technology and take it for granted. People who take the cacophony that backdrops our lives and hang it up as curtains. This is poetry infused with different beats. Poetry remixed and remade and slapped into a mix tape and taken out for a night on the tiles. Matched with the perfect complement of Hannah Jane Copestake’s illustrations this is poetry polished with craft and complexity that will be appreciated by the grown up child in us all.