You Fathomed Things contains ambient sounds, designed to be listened to while reading 'The Dogs of Humanity' (Fly on the Wall Press, 2019)
In the collection, Dardis's poems are thematically linked by imagery, or direct allusion to, dogs and others animals. The first part, Dogs, uses canine imagery to explore themes of depression and weariness, how societal expectations can leave a person feeling (a runt, a mongrel, etc.). Issues of savagery and lack of humanity are explored, with animals also used as a motif to retreat into a pastoral idea, an escapism from mental health issues, finding an affinity with a nature that we must also sometimes contest.
Dardis champions the downtrodden, the bullied, the scorned, the misunderstood, while also pointing a finger to those who mistreat others. These are poems of hurt, of empathy and resilience, but most of all, of the want for a kinder world.
The cover is a detail from Brueghel's Studies of Dogs (circa 1616)
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"With subject-matter this fresh, and an avoidance of zeitgeist poetry, what really sets the work apart tonally and in subject is its assumption of a counter-position at all times. The result is original writing. No poetic braggadocio here: just great poetry." - Mary O’Donnell
"Wry, melancholy, and wise, Colin Dardis's The Dogs of Humanity confirms his status as one of Ireland's most original contemporary voices." - Jess Traynor
"Dardis shows us that he has the ability to take the world we create in moments of the everyday and spin it on a new axis. The reader who enters this zoo of poems will find that the animal seen most often will be themselves." - Mel McMahon – Author of 'Beneath Our Feet'
"The voice in these poems is insightful, urgent but compassionate making the collection an enjoyable but unsettling read, with its call for perception, for engagement with the realities of the human condition and the lost souls of the early twentieth first century." - Michael Farry