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How to Build a City Tom Chivers

How to Build a City

Tom Chivers

Published July 1st 2011
ISBN : 9781844718849
Paperback
84 pages
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WINNER OF THE 2011 ERIC GREGORY AWARDSHow To Build A City is the Crashaw Prize-winning debut collection of poetry by Tom Chivers. It is a poetic interrogation of the twenty-first century urban experience, drawing on the history, culture, society andMoreWINNER OF THE 2011 ERIC GREGORY AWARDSHow To Build A City is the Crashaw Prize-winning debut collection of poetry by Tom Chivers. It is a poetic interrogation of the twenty-first century urban experience, drawing on the history, culture, society and topography of London. Chivers takes his cue from radical writers such as Iain Sinclair and Barry MacSweeney to create an impressionist poetry, marked by playful riddling, found texts and unusual juxtapositions. How To Build A City is peopled by ghosts of Londons past as well as the distinctly modern spectres of spam email, international terrorism and the credit crunch.The title piece is a choppy, sardonic investigation of contemporary East London, a travelogue that never really leaves Liverpool Street Station. Some of the poems are personal accounts of love and loss, including Thom, C & I, a long sequence of lyrical fragments cut from a diary written by the poets mother. Other poems take the reader away from the city to the fenlands of Medieval East Anglia, apple-heavy Himalayan gardens and the bleak uplands of Northern England.How To Build A City captures the mood of a fluctuating, unstable metropolis that is continually coming to terms with multiple and conflicting identities.