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.
2011. Pamphlet and loose leaf editions of Lost Between Stations both comprise seven long poems and CD. Loose leaf edition presents the seven poems as individual folded sheets with CD folded into a specially designed wallet. 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.
2006 (revised 2008). Pamphlet comprises twelve sonnets (two sequences: Nobody Sonnets and Pups) and four illustrations by Andrew Hirst. CD comprises Nobody Sonnets and Pups recorded on location in Hillsborough, Sheffield in August 2008. Listen to Watchers and Fishing by the trunk road.
2007. Pamphlet. Twelve sonnets.