Mark Goodwin‘s long-awaited collection Steps is his fourth full-length book of poems, and his first full collection for Longbarrow Press. On one level, Steps is a 144-page journey through the landscapes of England, Ethiopia, Scotland, Spain and Wales; on another, it is a sustained engagement with the journey’s pauses, in which the landscapes invite us to listen – the gaps that compel our attention, and from which these poems are constructed. Click here to visit the Steps microsite and listen to recordings of some of the poems in the book.
A beautifully produced hardback book, Steps can be ordered direct from Longbarrow Press for just £11.99 (+ P&P).
Mark Goodwin’s poetry isn’t merely about landscape… it manifests landscape, in its openness to all the encounters that engagement with landscape makes possible. Reading his linguistically-sophisticated yet elemental rhapsodies, one gains a sense of the ‘outside’ – that greater world which surrounds the human one and, regardless of our arrogance, continues to make it possible – at a level of intensity that few have matched.
Perception sharp as feeling itself, invention endlessly resolving into apt idiosyncrasies of form, the continuing development of Mark Goodwin is maybe the most exciting happening in British poetry today.
2010. 33 minute audio CD (CD recorded by Mark Goodwin in various UK landscapes in 2009, from West Penwith to the West Highlands). Listen to a ‘tape fugue’ of the poem ‘Dark Bird With Corner’ (CD player, cassette player, two dictaphones, with occasional spoken interjections from Goodwin) live at the Fat Cat, Sheffield, 24 January 2010 (as part of the Distance a Sudden launch):