The wind with nothing.
The stone’s directions.
‘This is a fascinating and rewarding collection that amply repays backtracking and re-reading.’ — Andy Clarke, Climber magazine, Mar-Apr 2020
Rock as Gloss is Mark Goodwin‘s sixth full-length book of poems. A beautifully produced 184-page hardback, it is available from Longbarrow Press for £12.99. You can order the book securely by clicking on the relevant PayPal button above.
Divided into four ‘compasses’, Rock as Gloss offers a variety of approaches to ‘the rock in hand’ (whether gritstone or slate), or the fell under foot (whether on or off the map), and also enacts a dialogue with the culture and literature of climbing and fell-walking, speaking to (and through) Menlove Edwards, Ted Hughes, Coleridge and others. The poems and fictions of Rock as Gloss navigate imaginary and actual journeys through textures of movement and stillness, setting down lines ‘touched by gravity’.
You can listen to some of Mark Goodwin’s ‘sound-enhanced’ recordings of poems from the book here. Click on the links at the top of this page to read poems and fictions from the book.
Rock as Gloss was a category finalist (Mountain Fiction & Poetry) for the 2019 Banff Mountain Book Competition.
These poems (and prose, and typographical experiments) are airy miles from the default mode of naturalism that normally tries to convey mountains, rocks, ice, the climbing experience. – Andrew Greig
Mark Goodwin is the author of several collections of poetry, including Else (2008), Back of A Vast (2010), Layers of Un (2012), House at Out (2015) and All Space Away and In (2017), all from Shearsman, and Shod (Nine Arches Press), winner of the 2010 East Midlands Book Award. Steps, a category finalist for the 2015 Banff Mountain Book Competition, was his first full collection with Longbarrow Press.
Jacket artwork: Hen Cloud by Paul Evans.
Author photo: Nikki Clayton.