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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. 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 Lovers Destined 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 Sweeter Than Wine state of flux Edgelands takes the reader on a journey through its forgotten Lady Ariana spaces Milk And Honey so that we can marvel at this richly mysterious cheek by jowl region in our mids. 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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. 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 shall not be keeping this book On Tidy Endings 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 Flat World Navigation speak up for itself They write about mobile masts and gravel pits business parks and landfill. A very disappointing book I bought it expecting to enjoy a A House of My Own Stories from My Life series of prose poems evoking the Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, strange attraction of city margins Instead I found a El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro series of pseudo intellectual essays about the different things to be found there There was little Fragonard Art and Eroticism sense of the particular just the authors generalised and often irritating whimsy I Mao Zedong shall not be keeping this book

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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 The Last Runaway so familiar it is never On Tidy Endings seen for looking Passed through negotiated unnamed ignored the edgelands have become the great wild places on our doorsteps places Flat World Navigation 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 A House of My Own Stories from My Life 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 Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, 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 El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro 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


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

  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 spe

  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 to read succinctly c

  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 whi

  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 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 accustome

  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 atten

  8. says:

    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 o

  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 pretentiousness at times I did enjoy thisThe co authors discuss various aspects of the British landscape focussing on boundaries and hinterlands Allotments canals dumps wastelan

  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 si

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