York’s secret history lies in its snickets, passageways, courts and yards – all of those in-between, out of the way routes: walk them and you inhabit history.
In a newly-commissioned sequence of site-specific poems for York Curiouser, John Wedgwood Clarke explores the way people have shaped and been shaped by these transitional places. To read the poems is to haunt these hidden ways and to be haunted by them; to fill yourself with the breath and spirit of an extraordinary city.
“Totally successful – evokes specific places in the city without being too parochial. I envy his precise, economic style. His York is a place of light as much as a place built out of stone. The present is consubstantial with the past here. Oh yes – and I like the little details, the observation. It's just great.”
— Ian Stuart
Date Published: 2014-06-13
Catalogue Number: VP0061
Number of Pages: 30
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
Cover photograph by Chris Jones
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