Publication Date: 27/10/2022 ISBN: 9781800172517 Category:

A Marginal Sea

Zoe Skoulding

Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publication Date: 27/10/2022 ISBN: 9781800172517 Category:
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Shortlisted for the Wales Poetry Book of the Year Award 2023.

A Marginal Sea is written from the vantage point of Ynys Mon/Anglesey, which is both on the edge of Wales and in a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean – the island is imagined here as a site of archipelagic connection with other places and histories, where the spaces of dream and digital technology are interwoven with the everyday. Skoulding’s poems take their readers into new worlds: we come to terms with the oystercatcher’s ‘muscle of belonging’; we chart the cross-cultural coordinates of ‘Newborough Warren with Map of Havana’ (‘and it’s this way to the Malecon /to look out over the Menai Strait’); elegy and song overlap in moving poems which think through how we remember and misremember: ‘it’s my voice // deepening with others that won’t let themselves / be buried.’ (‘Anecdote for the Birds’). A Marginal Sea is inventive, exhilarating in its soundscapes, and brilliantly awake to otherness, in language, and in the animal and natural world.

Publisher Review

'Zoe Skoulding's magisterial new book A Marginal Sea offers us a pentathlon of innovative forms in which we find expressionist typography, haibun, calendrical prognostications, a poignant soliloquy by the bird-haunted Odysseus, and striking passages of sheer lyric beauty. This is a book that makes you feel, as it lengthens your wingspan, glad to be alive.' - Forrest Gander

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