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date: 06 July 2022

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‘The Unburied Past: Walking with Ghosts of the 1940s’ tracks the work of five contemporary poets: Andrew Crozier, John Goodby, Rod Mengham, Colin Simms, and John Wilkinson. It situates the texts and practices of these poets in relation to two aspects: their poetry of movement, notably walking, in various landscapes; and their relationships to modernist predecessors from the 1940s. These predecessors are Basil Bunting, J. F. Hendry, Humphrey Jennings, Lynette Roberts, and Dylan Thomas. The essay does not propose a simple legacy of perambulation—but rather seeks to find how and why the various contemporary poets use parts of a late modernist inheritance to create works that allow for trauma, disorientation, traces of the pastoral, and other versions of productively getting lost.

Keywords: landscape, walking, inheritance, disorientation, otherness, post-pastoral, topography, late modernism, Crozier, Mengham, Goodby, Wilkinson, Simms, Hendry, Jennings, Bunting, Roberts, Thomas

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