Elastic Glue

Kathy Pimlott


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The Emma Press
28 February 2019
ISBN: 9781912915071

From the publisher

“The island has been left to dormice, foxes, hives
and the water plant. An old Peace sprawls,
flushing yellow to pink. The rest has gone over.
Across the bridge it’s biblical: plagues lay waste
to fruit and crucifers and just when you thought
you’d escaped, a wet spell incubates late blight.”

– from ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’, in Elastic Glue.

Here you’ll find revellers, developers and dealers circling the city’s glitzy heart, Lenin inspecting Swedish allotments, and people hanging on to housing as the city tries to squeeze them out in the search for ever more profit. Elastic Glue is a pamphlet rooted in place, looking critically at the intersections of who and what we share our spaces with, and what that means.

This follow-up to Goose Fair Night examines the ways we own and are owned by land – how we both make and are made by the places we inhabit. Kathy Pimlott explores this through poetry which is sharp, lyrical, always political, and sometimes just exasperated.