Natural Phenomena

Meryl Pugh

"These poems centre human life by showing us how expansive our world truly is."

Kayo Chingonyi
poetry book society guest selection

A book of witnessing and overhearing, Natural Phenomena is the long-awaited debut collection by Meryl Pugh.

A city lies in ruins. Spires topple, planes fall. Rubble is broken by wildflower. The radio chatter of birdsong.

Follow the poet as futurist and flaneuse as she searches for unexpected beauty in a landscape of plastic, wire and glass. With a probing, precise lyric, these poems monitor the urban landscape on the edge of change, revealing the flora and fauna of its hidden spaces, and transforming its wild edgelands into a many-voiced song.


Pre-order from 23 January 2018. Copies will be dispatched in late February.

Our price £9.99
RRP £9.99
74 pages
ISBN 9781908058508
Published 22 February 2018
Cover design: George Simkin


The poems in Meryl Pugh's first collection, Natural Phenomena, have a beguiling musicality. I was struck in reading by the timbre of the words; the ways in which sound carries meaning even when referential meaning is elusive... The book seems to be saying ‘get over yourself’, responding to a particular worldview that centres human life by showing us how expansive our world truly is.
Kayo Chingonyi, PBS Guest Selector

About the author

Meryl Pugh has a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and writes about interiority, environment and poetics. The author of two pamphlets — The Bridle (Salt Publishing, 2011) and Relinquish (Arrowhead, 2007) — she lives in East London and teaches creative writing and poetry for Morley College.

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