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.