Mark Goodwin


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Longbarrow Press
26 November 2014
ISBN: 9781906175245
144 pages

From the publisher

Mark Goodwin‘s long-awaited collection Steps is his fourth full-length book of poems, and his first full collection for Longbarrow Press.  On one level, Steps is a 144-page journey through the landscapes of England, Ethiopia, Scotland, Spain and Wales; on another, it is a sustained engagement with the journey’s pauses, in which the landscapes invite us to listen – the gaps that compel our attention, and from which these poems are constructed.

Mark Goodwin’s poetry isn’t merely about landscape… it manifests landscape, in its openness to all the encounters that engagement with landscape makes possible. Reading his linguistically-sophisticated yet elemental rhapsodies, one gains a sense of the ‘outside’ – that greater world which surrounds the human one and, regardless of our arrogance, continues to make it possible – at a level of intensity that few have matched.
Norman Jope

Perception sharp as feeling itself, invention endlessly resolving into apt idiosyncrasies of form, the continuing development of Mark Goodwin is maybe the most exciting happening in British poetry today.
Jim Perrin