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Formerly

By Tamar Yoseloff & Vici MacDonald
Signed second edition / 978-0-9572738-0-1 / £8

 

Featuring poems by Tamar Yoseloff and photographs by Vici MacDonald, Formerly commemorates the forgotten corners of a London fast disappearing. Witty and elegiac, the book is a sequence of 14 irregular and anarchic sonnets, each written in response to a bleakly humorous image of superannuated London. The final sonnet, which like the book is entitled Formerly, revisits lines from each of the previous 13 poems. Produced in a compact format, with grainy duotone images and fonts popular in the 1960s, the book’s design echoes its humble subject matter. Every copy comes with a free 10-page location guide, 'Off The Map', exploring the actual sites that inspired Formerly, with maps, then-and-now photos and commentaries from the authors. Formerly was shortlisted for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award, and in 2013 the entire project was exhibited at the Saison Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London.


• Includes 10-page ‘Off the Map’ location guide
• 36pp, 125 x 140 mm, full colour throughout

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