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Released May 31st, 2022 // 58 pages // 978-1-915079-07-7


The Erection Specialist is poetry-by-adventure, a modern ode to poetry's power to put readers at the heart of any story. The core of the narrative challenges the reader to assume the mantle of a heroic protagonist, a protagonist challenged with completing the unlikely 'quest' of putting up a tent. But as our protagonist - and you - traverses the collection's labyrinthian structure, things soon transform. The quest changes shape, becoming something altogether more serious: the fight for the survival of your more poetic impulses in the face of a world's pragmatic indifference. The Erection Specialist stands to redefine what poetry can offer in the 21st century and beyond.



PRAISE for The Erection Specialist:


Bourke swaps the pleasantries of childhood fantasy for the dangers of the adult world. He cruises around a dismal seaside town in a van, cursing till the cows come home, sending up the various indignities of modern life, with all the energy and exuberance of a star in supernova.

   — Charlie Baylis, Santa Lucia

Niall Bourke - The Erection Specialist