Maggie Butt

Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints

 

There are official Patron Saints of wax-melters, truss makers, lumberjacks, Florentine cheese merchants and disappointing children. This book proposes some alternative, imaginary saints, including the Patron Saints of liars, looters, rank outsiders, compulsive hoarders, old dogs and infidel girls.

These undercover Patron Saints are sumptuously illustrated by the staff and students of Middlesex University’s BA Illustration course, from famous and established artists to emerging talents.

“If the proof of a poem is in the richness of response it provokes, the illustrations here are that response made visible – a testimony to the subtle layers in this tender but incisive poetry. They are also delights in themselves.” Philip Gross

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A small taste of the sumptuous illustrations:

 

The Patron Saint of Missed Connections – Amy Johnson

 

The Patron Saint of Old Dogs – Fredrik Eden

 

The Patron Saint of Enthusiasts – Alex Moore

 

The Patron Saint of Obsessive Housewives – Nancy Slonims

 

The Patron Saints of Poets – Greta Mikalauskaite

If you enjoyed these images, the book has 35 more!

 

Reviews for Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints:

‘If the proof of a poem is in the richness of response it provokes, the

illustrations here are that response made visible – a testimony to the subtle layers in this tender but incisive poetry.’ Philip Gross

“gentle humour… sharp surprises… a startling step into the unexpected… darker poems… attractively illustrated.  It will surely remain enjoyable to pick up and browse many times after initial reading.”  Thomas Ovans, London Grip

‘handsome, full colour volume, a collection of charming and witty poems… gentle humour and closeness of perception. The conjunction of visual and verbal wit in this delightful paperback does amount to more than either on its own.”  June Hall, Acumen

‘highly entertaining …handsomely illustrated… quirky… beautiful closing image …perfect verbs.  The illustrations are by turns charming, witty and whimsical.   The collection is shrewd and witty, with a generosity of spirit that is warmly inclusive and will entertain and engage any reader lucky enough to pick it up.”  Clairr O’Connor, Orbis International Literary Journal