Restricted Movement


Traci O’Dea & Tommy O’Dea

Category: Poetry & Art
: 9781910895528
Format: Paperback
Pages: 60
Price: £9.99
Release date: 12 June 2021

Restricted Movement

No order tells my dad what he can’t do.
You’d think he’d be the one most used to it,
but prison didn’t break him, only made
him value freedom more. He disappears
for days, to prove the laws do not apply
to him. Each time, my heart sours, afizz
like blue-green algae film on stagnant pond.

Neighbours ask if he’s okay. ‘He’s fine,’
I lie, or maybe it’s a prayer. I try
to recollect what it was like before,
what I worried about. Earlier still,
my whole childhood he spent in jail. I slept
just fine back then. I never dreamt of him.
You’d think I’d be the one most used to it.

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Restricted Movement is an explosive collection of poems documents life as a daughter trying to support her artist father who is overseas struggling with dementia and drug addiction during a pandemic. Interspersed with the frantic cycle of overdoses, escapes from care, disappearances and urgent international phone calls are moments of reflection on her father’s artwork and her seaside surroundings.

About the Author

Traci O’Dea is a poetry editor for the literary journals Smartish Pace and MOKO: Caribbean Arts & Letters. She has published poems in Poetry Daily, Literary Matters, 32 Poems, The Jersey Evening Post and elsewhere. Restricted Movement is published with the support of ArtHouse Jersey.

Self-taught, visionary artist Tommy O’Dea uses art as part of his recovery from addiction. Because of this, he refers to himself as a “glue artist,” layering glues and epoxies, creating richly textured surfaces. These are often augmented with acrylic paint, sea glass and glitter.