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City State Synopsis

City State showcases the work of twenty-seven London writers between the ages of 16 and 36. From hyperlinked walks of Battersea bombsites and guerilla gardening projects to jagged urban lyrics and dark hymns to the East End, City State presents a confident, entertaining and truly diverse snapshot of the best new poetry from London.

City State Press Reviews

We are offered London as a test case for a new diversity of means and manner, from sassy performance scripts to the solid blocks of densely disjunctive language characterised as innovative or avant-garde. [City State proposes] a central space that is also the meeting place of many edges. - Philip Gross, Poetry London City State is [a] journey across the metropolis in rush hour: a journey that by turns bewilders, delights and throws up unpalatable truths. Though diverse, the poets featured here often seem to riff around several themes that are associated with London itself: dislocation, escapism, breathlessness. - Helen Mort, Pen Pusher

Book Information

ISBN: 9780955384684
Publication date: 11th October 2010
Author: Jay Bernard, Caroline Bird, Ben Borek
Publisher: Penned in the Margins
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Poetry anthologies (various poets),

About Jay Bernard, Caroline Bird, Ben Borek

Tom Chivers was born in 1983 in South London. A writer, editor and promoter of poetry, his publications include The Terrors (Nine Arches Press, 2009) and How To Build A City (Salt Publishing, 2009). A winner of the inaugural Crashaw Prize, he is Associate Editor of Tears in the Fence, was Poet in Residence at The Bishopsgate Institute, London, and has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Tom is Director of Penned in the Margins and was Co-Director of London Word Festival.

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