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DOWNLOAD ´ Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness 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 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 I Love You Almost Always known poets have lived and worked and Gloom Town 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 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

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DOWNLOAD ´ Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness 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 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 space than physicalThis reads like a poetry collection than a sustained polemic which is a good thing in my view The authors flit between ideas and ponderings effortlessly using the single worded chapter headings Wire Ruins Woodlands Canals Containers etc as springboards for thinking about what these non spaces mean what they symbolize what they do how they make you feel The authors draw on a range of poets artists and architects to prop up their own ideas but dodge po faced intensity for foolish often tongue in cheek romanticism Tellingly the authors are often scathing in their off hand criticisms of so called psycho geographers they are poets with little to no interest in meaningThis book is at its strongest in its evocation of the English landscape If Wordsworth lived in modern day Wigan and was charged with sending occasional editorials from the car park of the abandoned Big W warehouse on the edge of town he may have produced something like this book The authors are less convincing however when any actual people trespass in their imaginative wilderness In one chapter they pay lip service to an interview with a night warden but seem less interested in him than what he represents In another chapter a receptionist at a pallet yard on the edge of Birmingham is bemused by the authors reuest to have a wander around The authors inability to understand the receptionist s confusion speaks volumes about how obtuse and how irritating artists can be In another part of the book the authors tell a story about how Auden would get excited about meeting minors but found it difficult to sustain a conversation with any of them This is a uniue and personal collection of meandering and often beautiful poetic prose The authors find transcendence in the most mundane of landscapes but fail to make a connection with the lived experience of those who pass through them

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DOWNLOAD ´ 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 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 despite the joint authorial voice which makes it impossible to deduce who wrote which parts of it Many other poets and artists are citedEach chapter has a one word title encapsulating its theme most of them specific human activities ranging from den building and mining to hotels and airports and the whole makes a fascinating portrait of the England that many of us take for granted

  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness
  • Paul Farley
  • English
  • 12 August 2017
  • 9780224089029