Poetry & Geography published



I have a chapter out in this book, published very recently (still looking forward to picking up my contributor copy from the RHUL campus and reading it!). It’s edited by Neal Alexander and David Cooper, and published by Liverpool University Press as part of their ‘Poetry &’ series.

“Drawing on the recent focus on spatial imagination in the humanities and social sciences, Poetry and Geography looks at the significance of space, place, and landscape in the works of British and Irish poets, offering interpretations of poems by Roy Fisher, R. S. Thomas, John Burnside, Thomas Kinsella, Jo Shapcott, and many others. Its fourteen essays collectively sketch a series of intersections between language and location, form and environment, and sound and space, exploring poetry’s unique capacity to invigorate and expand our spatial vocabularies and the many relationships we have with the world around us.”


Part I: Placing Selves: Identity, Location, Community

1. City of Change and Challenge: Liverpool in Paul Farley’s Poetry
Charles I. Armstrong
2. Mapping the Geographies of Hurt in Barry MacSweeney and S. J. Litherland
Peter Barry
3. Place under Pressure: Reading John Tripp’s Wales
Matthew Jarvis
4. ‘Still linked to those others’: Landscape and Language in Post-war Welsh Poetry
Katie Gramich
5. Roaring Amen: Charles Causley Speaks of Home
Andrew Tate

Part II: Spatial Practices: Walking, Witnessing, Mapping

6. The Road Divides: Thomas Kinsella’s Urban Poetics
Lucy Collins
7. ‘I know this labyrinth so well’: Narrative Mappings in the Poetry of Ciaran Carson
Daniel Weston
8. ‘Whitby is a statement’: Littoral Geographies in British Poetry
Amy Cutler
9. ‘Where lives converge’: Peter Riley and the Poetics of Place
Neal Alexander
10. Envisioning ‘the cubist fells’: Ways of Seeing in the Poetry of Norman Nicholson
David Cooper

Part III: Geopoetics: Landscape, Language, Form

11. ‘Wanderer, incomer, borderer/liar, mother of everything I see’: Jo Shapcott’s Engagement with Landscape, Art and Poetry
Deryn Rees-Jones
12. John Burnside: Poetry as the Space of Withdrawal
Scott Brewster
13. ‘Water’s Soliloquy’: Soundscape and Environment in Alice Oswald’s Dart
Peter Howarth
14. Roy Fisher’s Spatial Prepositions and Other Little Words
Peter Robinson


~ by amycutler on July 26, 2013.

2 Responses to “Poetry & Geography published”

  1. Reblogged this on Write off the map and commented:

    Announcement of a book published this month, including a chapter by one of the Landscape Surgery Ph.D. candidates, Amy Cutler.

  2. Fascinating reading!

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