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Tim Cresswell

"A spectral volume, born of a fence that separates nowhere from the now and here, deep in the high Arctic"

Robert Macfarlane
the second instalment of the earthworks trilogy

Fence is an epic of fragments that is at once beautiful and beautifully strange.

In his exploration of the vast, frozen Svalbard islands, poet and geographer Tim Cresswell has created a kind of exploratory poetry whose taut, minimalist lyric synthesises subjects as diverse as history, politics and Arctic ecology. Echoing the mournful atmospherics of the great Anglo-Saxon elegies, this book-length poem is a powerful meditation on places that are slipping away, where ‘compass gone haywire / so north’.

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72 pages
ISBN 9781908058317
Published 5 October 2015
Cover design: Matthew Young


Experimental yet elemental poems.
Poetry Book Society Bulletin

Tim Cresswell creates a conceptual wilderness of words, held at the outer edge of experience, where natural and human history meet.
Philip Hoare

Postmodernist, postcolonial, poststructuralist, post-human, take your pick - there's no turning back.
Srikanth Reddy

Fence is a strange and spectral volume, zigzag and jigsaw in its textures, strabismic in the sense of eerie slant that it gives to both landscape and language, born as it is of a fence that separates nowhere from the now and here, deep in the high Arctic. Moving through its poems, one experiences something of the doubling dissimulation of northen light: a fierce clarity of vision, combined with an awareness of things being uncannily off-scale and out of kilter.
Robert Macfarlane

About the author

Tim Cresswell is a geographer and poet. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on the themes of place and mobility. His most recent title is Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place (University of Chicago Press, 2019). His poems are widely published on both sides of the Atlantic, including in The Rialto, Poetry Wales, Magma, The Moth, LemonHound and Salamander. His trilogy of poetry collections, Soil (2013), Fence (2015) and Plastiglomerate (2020), were published by Penned in the Margins. He co-edits the interdisciplinary journal GeoHumanities and is the first Visiting Professor at the Centre for Place Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Tim lives and works in Edinburgh where he is Ogilvie Professor of Geography at the University of Edinburgh.

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