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Work in Progress,
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This reads like a work in progress: notes towards a poem that doesn't yet exist. There is no strong structure or sense of narrative. Chapter titles such as "Cars", "Landfill" and "Retail" only hint at the digressive sprawl underneath. There are observations (sometimes acute), snippets of geography and social history, childhood recollections and flights of fantasy. There are also the kind of literary references you should expect in a book by two poets. All of these are parcelled up into sections small enough to make this ideal reading material for the lobby of an edgelands hotel.
I hoped for a revelation, something that would reveal to me the occult wonder of DIY superstores and coal-fired power stations. I didn't get that of course. I was, however, educated and entertained, which will do until that poem comes along.