About Dog by Grant Tarbard

Dog is the final poetry collection from Grant Tarbard and a testament to his poetic vision and humanity. Acerbic, witty, and packed full of original imagery, Dog is a book to cherish.


Advance Praise for Dog

‘Dog is dog. But more. Dog is a trickster. Dog is a model citizen. Dog is an exile, striding amongst us, showing us that we are all special in our own way. Dog is a portrait of all of us. Dog is the language sublime. Dog is good. Dog is god. Dog is love. I love Dog.’
Rishi Dastidar

‘Grant Tarbard has taken Dog for a walk inside his keen, lavish imagination and writes with wit, intelligence of what he sees there. So, enter the immersive world of Dog, Phantom of Heaven, philosopher, juggler of poetry and meat – for oh he craves company; he has wisdoms enough to make your eyes pop.’
Helen Ivory


About the Author

Grant Tarbard was born in Basildon, Essex, and spent his life there. He published a wide range of books and pamphlets, most notably Rosary of Ghosts (Indigo Dreams) and This is the Carousel Mother Warned You About (Three Drops Press). He was co-editor, with Bethany W. Pope & Angela Topping of Be Not Afraid: An Anthology in Appreciation of Seamus Heaney (Lapwing Press). He was also a former editor of The Screech Owl, co-founder of Resurgant Press, a prolific reviewer, and an editorial assistant known for his generosity and support towards other poets.

He has worked as a computer games journalist, a script and poetry editor and a football magazine contributor amongst other sous-chef-esque writing jobs. He was also a devoted fan of Arsenal, and a season ticket holder.

His poems in Rosary of Ghosts were described by the poet Martin Figura as ‘threaded through with pain; the gentle and abiding love in them carries us through.’


Dog Details

Paperback ISBN: 9781912665228
Published by Gatehouse Press, an inprint of Story Machine
Publication Date: 08/03/2023
Extent: 96pp
Format: Demi Octavo, Paperback Original
Editor: Andrew McDonnell
Cover Design: Natty Peterkin
Typesetting: Natty Peterkin


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