by Various poets, selected and introduced by Sasha Dugdale - £4.95 Candlestick Press (2018)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781907598647 | ISBN 10: 1907598642
There seems to be a natural connection between walking and poetry. For Wordsworth, the regular rhythm of walking was a stimulus to writing, and he said that “nine-tenths of my verses have been poured out in the open air.”
This beautiful mini-anthology contains Wordsworth’s heart-stopping ‘Old Man Travelling’ alongside contemporary poems that capture the delights of a walk with a dear friend and of walking in solitude. There’s a poem about setting off through city streets to find a river and a heron, and another featuring a surprising encounter on the top of Helvellyn. One by one then as a whole, these poems remind us that being on foot is one of the best ways of experiencing the world:
‘Sole self I bedded down close as I could
To listen: lapping, birdlife homing, settling...’
from ‘Lake’ by David Constantine
Sasha Dugdale is an award-winning poet and translator – and a keen walker.
Poems by Matthew Clegg, David Constantine, Sasha Dugdale, Choman Hardi, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Stephanie Norgate, MR Peacocke, Stephen Watts, William Wordsworth and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch.
Cover illustration by Hugh Ribbans.
(Price & availability last checked: January 2019)
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