Publication Date: 12-May-10 | ISBN: 9781844718009 | Trim Size: 198 x 129 mm | Extent: 52pp | Format: Pamphlet
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Away from the City is an evocative collection of poems and photographs that observe the inhabitants of two cities on opposite sides of the world.
Set in Melbourne and Cambridge, these poems place you on each city's trains, buses and footpaths, witnessing the everyday interactions that embody urban life. From the daily commuter routine, to a struggling father's anguish, Away from the City captures images that so often become buried beneath the hectic consciousness of the city.
This innovative series is an exploration of the relationship between poetry, photography and place. These simple, everyday images transport you to the heart of each city to observe its inhabitants for yourself.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
MELBOURNE: AUTUMN TO WINTER; Epping Train; a.m.; Clarendon St.; Melbourne haibun; Northcote; p.m.; His day; The indispensable guide; jp; At the interchange; these mortgaged people; Shanghai Dumpling Restaurant; CAMBRIDGE: AUTUMN TO WINTER; Coach 727; Monday; Addenbrooke’s Hospital; Puddles; Away from the city; Cambridge haibun; At Cambridge station; stopped at fulbourn tesco; Devonshire Road; February; 08:53; Flowers
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“Lee Smith’s poems and photographs reward exploration. The dialogue between the two cities and the poet’s experience of them is a subtle one. Like all good poems they refuse to see the everyday as mundane but make it something other. These two cities give up their differences and their similarities, and both allow us to see how the city can impact on how we, as humans, choose to live or sometimes just survive there.” —
“Writing in a deceptively simple, vivid style, Lee Smith has crafted a portrait of life on opposite sides of the globe that's much more than the sum of its observational parts. This elegant pamphlet announces the arrival of a poet with a fine ear, a sharp eye and a generous heart.” —
Lee Smith, 25, lives in Cambridge and spends a lot of time in Melbourne, Australia. He completed a degree in Writing at Anglia Ruskin University in 2010. He works as production manager for Salt Publishing.