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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 Woo Pulse (Frank Quinn, the same way Obsession the Romantic writers forged a way of looking at an overlooked but now familiar landscape of hills and lakes and rivers England The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the first country Simply Napkins to industrialise now offers The Unconscious Civilization the world's most mature post industrial The Complete Tightwad Gazette terrain and is still in a state of flux Edgelands The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years takes الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the reader on a journey Writing and Selling Magazine Articles through its forgotten spaces so The Strange Bird that we can marvel at Collected Stories this richly mysterious cheek by jowl region in our mids For someone who has always been scared of abandoned cars on Collected Stories the side of a roads Cleopatras Daughter this book was always going Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! to at least hold my attention The authors are fascinated by Settlers the spaces between Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the urban and The Sphinx the rural and do well in attempting Tidelands (Fairmile to break down Pretty Lucy Merwyn this particularly prevalent binary by focusing on all Strings the bits Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, that don Catch and Release t fit Given Devils Paw (Imp, that Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the authors are poets with university affiliations rather All Tied Up than geographers The Film Snob*s Dictionary this is about imaginative space In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie than physicalThis reads like a poetry collection Tea Environments and Plantation Culture than a sustained polemic which is a good 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains thing in my view The authors flit between ideas and ponderings effortlessly using Survive by the Team the single worded chapter headings Wire Ruins Woo

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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

Free read 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 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 turns of phrase they uote fellow poets and their imagery often enhances and cetainly challenged my preconceived ideas The areas dealt with range from the ruralish aspect of woodlands and paths which might still cling on or encroach on the edge of our cities through the ex lands of disused mines or power stations or landfill to the huge anonymity of


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

  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 pu

  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

  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 shall not be keeping this book

  5. says:

    really exciting and surprising stuff will change the way you lookoverlook at a lot of things defo makes train and bus journeys exciti

  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

  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

  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

  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 in

  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 celebr

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