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We are living through an age of turmoil: climate change, extinction, failed economics, stagnant politics. In such a time, what is the point of poetry?
This question is the starting point for Uncivilised Poetics, the tenth Dark Mountain book, which brings together a unique collection of writers and artists. With poems, essays, visual art and an accompanying CD of audio recordings, their voices come together to reimagine what it means to be human today.
‘Modernity and its colossal ideas are collapsing,’ write the editors. ‘The urn has cracked. The work gathered here explores what happens in the gaps, what shape the shards, when the world as we know it fails.’
Contributors to this special issue of Dark Mountain include Mark Rylance, Sheryl St. Germain, John Kinsella, Robert Bringhurst, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Robin Robertson, Jan Zwicky and Robert Montgomery.
The editors for this issue were Em Strang, Nick Hunt and Cate Chapman. The art editor was Charlotte Du Cann and the audio CD was produced by Marmaduke Dando. The cover art is the work of the writer and illustrator Nick Hayes.
Dark Mountain: Issue 10 is a hardback, 336 pages long, printed on FSC-certified paper, accompanied by an audio CD.