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Railways motorways wasteland and water a presence in the world and a strange beauty all of their ownPaul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts both well known poets have lived and worked and known these places all their lives and in Edgelands their journeying prose fuses in the anonymous tradition to allow this in between world to speak up for itself They write about mobile masts and gravel pits business parks and landfill. Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts introduce us to a part of our world that we had long forgotten even existedThis unlikely addition to my bookshelf was recommended to me by someone who has since gone off on travels to Shangri La in a hot air balloon but when they return I shall be sure to express my unending gratitude for their counsel Edgelands is a series of journeys into the parts of England s wilderness that we are all accustomed to either ignoring or looking past Neither the town nor country but spaces where urban and rural negotiate and renegotiate their borders They can be places that we don t want to see like power stations sewage works or landfill sites places of former industrial

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Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness

Edgelands explores a wilderness that is much closer than you think a debatable zone neither the city nor the countryside but a place in between so familiar it is never seen for looking Passed through negotiated unnamed ignored the edgelands have become the great wild places on our doorsteps places so difficult to acknowledge they barely exist Edgelands forms a critiue of what we value as 'wild' and allows our allotments. Personal explorations and childhood recollections by the authors united into one voice plus a good trawl of references to writings art and photography informed by those edgelands which border the city proper and the countryside seen only as edges if as usually simply travelled through but as territories in their own right when imaginatively visited At the uarter way through point this is enjoyable and easy to read succinctly chaptered into subjects eg Dens Containers Paths and each chapter chunked into paragraphs with spaces so as not to wear out the typical modern reader Both authors are poets the blurb refers to them as well known poets a phrase which is a crime against literacy since if they are well k

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Sites in the same way the Romantic writers forged a way of looking at an overlooked but now familiar landscape of hills and lakes and rivers England the first country to industrialise now offers the world's most mature post industrial terrain and is still in a state of flux Edgelands takes the reader on a journey through its forgotten spaces so that we can marvel at this richly mysterious cheek by jowl region in our mids. Beautiful and engrossing Psychogeography is a battleground you ve got social commentators using it and artists and occultists These authors being poets do their bit here to stake a claim for the right of poets to use the psychogeographical kitbag There are some asides early on about the miserabilist tendencies of psychogeographers a not so suitable dig at the likes of Iain Sinclair and Will Self The book thus sets out its credentials as inclined to beauty than socio cultural critiue And there s nothing wrong with thatThe writing and observations are very beautiful with those bright splashes of shocking originality that only poetry can do But I don t think they escape entirely their own accusation of m


10 thoughts on “Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness

  1. says:

    Most of the non fiction I read has an element of nature writing about it but this book is rather than that Farley and Roberts aim is to reclaim and celebrate the edgelands that surround our cities and the book is a fascinating account of the way landscapes are developed either by human intervention or by nature reclaiming what is left behind after human activity Both writers are poets so the book is inevitably reflective and personal despi

  2. says:

    Loved it A fascinating traipse through those areas which are certainly not rural but are not exactly urban The two writers are both published poets and this is certainly very clear though not in a forced look at us we are poets and cannot speak unless its in poetic imagery and purple prose type way They have beautiful t

  3. says:

    Personal explorations and childhood recollections by the authors united into one voice plus a good trawl of references to writings art and photography informed by those 'edgelands' which border the city proper and the countryside seen only as edges if as usually simply travelled through but as territories in their own right when imaginatively visited At the uarter way through point this is enjoyable and easy

  4. says:

    A very disappointing book I bought it expecting to enjoy a series of prose poems evoking the strange attraction of city margins Instead I found a series of pseudo intellectual essays about the different things to be found there There was little sense of the particular just the authors' generalised and often irritating whimsy I sh

  5. says:

    really exciting and surprising stuff will change the way you lookoverlook at a lot of things defo makes train and bus journeys exciting also there's a lot of really lovely digressions on birds

  6. says:

    Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts introduce us to a part of our world that we had long forgotten even existedThis unlikely addition to my bookshelf was recommended to me by someone who has since gone off on travels to

  7. says:

    For someone who has always been scared of abandoned cars on the side of a roads this book was always going to at least hold my attention The authors are fascinated by the spaces between the urban and the rural and do well in attempting to break down this particularly prevalent binary by focusing on all the bits that don’t fit Given that the authors are poets with university affiliations rather than geographers this is about imaginative sp

  8. says:

    Beautiful and engrossing Psychogeography is a battleground you've got social commentators using it and artists and occultists These au

  9. says:

    Though I was at times slightly frustrated by the uncertainty of this never was 'edgeland' convincingly defined for me it seemed to just mean 'anything town or country that the authors wanted to define as such' and though it did wander off into

  10. says:

    After an intro which nearly put me off altogether its 'we' made it feel far too much like a manifesto this settles down into a charming celebration of the pleasures of overgrown nowheres in particular and why mothballed building sites make the best playgrounds Like Iain Sinclair the authors are both poets but their prose isn't uite so dens