Penned in the Margins | Claire Trévien maps the edges where landscape, memory and digital interweave

Claire Trévien maps the edges where landscape, memory and digital interweave

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Astéronyme, n. (French). A sequence of asterisks used to hide a name of password. With her debut collection longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and a national theatre tour under her belt before the age of 30, Claire Trévien is undoubtedly one of the rising stars of British poetry. Playful, beautifully curious and linguistically […]

Astéronyme, n. (French). A sequence of asterisks used to hide a name of password.

With her debut collection longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and a national theatre tour under her belt before the age of 30, Claire Trévien is undoubtedly one of the rising stars of British poetry.

Playful, beautifully curious and linguistically adventurous

Ruth Padel

In this follow-up to The Shipwrecked House (2013), the Anglo-Breton Trévien takes us to a place where ancient and modern worlds collide in a collection that marks her out as one of the most formally inventive young poets writing today.

   

Astéronymes is a book of elegies for places and people that have been ruined by time, erosion or neglect. Weather-beaten stone circles are carved with the language of the internet; the poet indexes and archives our daily lives and becomes curator of the uncanny Museums of Shared Meals, Author Corrections and Waiting.

Steep a stone into rain, or a bucket of sand.
Fresh-gathered stones should be bruised by
stamping barks into their skin. Understand
that, properly dried, they may last indefinitely.

Concerned with where landscape, memory and digital interweave, Trévien performs track changes on cliffs and fashions guidelines for making a standing stone.

The book’s stunning central sequence recounts a journey across the Scottish island of Arran, investigating myth, history and our relationship with nature and isolation. Astéronymes is an intricately composed collection that invents new poetic forms with boundless energy.

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