West North East (hardback, 96pp)
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Matthew Clegg’s first full-length collection is a book in three parts, each comprising a different approach to ideas of crisis, journey and imaginative crossing. Fugue (which includes poems from his earlier Nobody Sonnets) presents a journey from the periphery towards points off the map. Edgelands (revised from the earlier matchbox and pamphlet editions) maps a border territory, while Chinese Lanterns finds the Edgelands poet returning changed (or estranged) before preparing for a new departure. West North East is an impossible compass direction: a direction only manifest in an imagined or re-imagined world. See the West North East microsite for poems, recordings and details of events.
2011. Pamphlet comprising seven long poems. CD includes the seven poems recorded on location in Leeds, 12 June 2010. Click here to listen to the first poem in the sequence. Click here to view a short film accompanying the second poem in the sequence.
2007. Pamphlet. Twelve sonnets. Listen to ‘Between train and tram stop’ here.
Edgelands is a sequence of poems adapted from the classical Japanese tanka form. On one level the sequence is about a man dealing with a painful separation by taking a series of walks into his locale – the edge of north Sheffield. On another, it is a work of what is now being called ‘psychogeography’. How do our built environments express elements of our consciousness or unconsciousness? How are we affected by the spaces we inhabit or move through? Edgelands is also a celebration of walking – of how the slow rhythm of walking is a way of deepening our being in the world. It is about how it opens us up to surprise. What is a boy swinging under a pylon thinking as he looks up at the sky? What is implicit in a severed squirrel tail on the roadside? Why does a frayed scarf snagged on a riverside branch bring tears to the eyes? The edgelands are populated by such minutiae.
2006 (revised 2008). CD comprises twelve sonnets (two sequences: Nobody Sonnets and Pups) recorded on location in Hillsborough, Sheffield in August 2008. Revised versions of all eight Nobody Sonnets appear in West North East. Listen to Watchers and Fishing by the trunk road.