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Swarming is a waspish debut of strange voices and unsettling moments which jostle at the border of individual and collective experience: a holy fool lurks uneasily in an abattoir; a host of angels go to work in the Israeli post office; a tiger wanders through London, blurring the lines between dream and reality, the atomised individual and the possibilities of the social. Meanwhile Mesolithic voices emerge in a spell from the depths of the north sea and eclectic presiding spirits from Ivor Gurney to Jim and William Reid haunt poems which are deeply personal and quietly political - poems which hope, fiercely, for a remade world and rage that it is not so.
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Product details

  • Pamphlet | 36 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 3mm | 45.36g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • No
  • 1844719081
  • 9781844719082

Table of contents

Of or Pertaining to a Raven


The Abbat

Phantasy of Flesh

Against Gratitude

The Size of Wales

The Letters to God Department

from 'Clocks'

i. Slow Birth

iii. Unwound

East Coast Line



from `Postcards from Doggerland'

Midden Burial

St. Petersburg

Isles of Dogs

Sepecat Jaguar XZ118

Stone House Asylum, 1932

These gathering days

If You See Her

Love Song to Feedback

The Fall Alone

Pinhole Camera
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About Edward Mackay

Edward Mackay studied History and English at Oxford University, lives in east London where he also runs a mediation charity. His poetry was shortlisted for the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize (2011), commended in the Emerge Escalator competition (2010) and shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award (2009). He has been widely published in magazines and anthologies - this is his first solo publication.
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