Andrew Motion

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  • DEAD GROUND 2018-1918


    Jacketed hardback, 250pp

    ISBN 978-1-9997178-6-5

    Publication date 8 November 2018

    ‘There may be dead ground in between’ goes the line in Henry Reed’s celebrated poem ‘Judging Distances’.  Dead ground in military terms is terrain into which you cannot see. Your enemy might be concealed there. You do not know.  We use the term metaphorically in a wide-ranging way. In our view war itself is dead ground, concealing victory and defeat from view, from those who instigate it and those who must engage in it.

    The book’s perspective is essentially British and Irish, looking at patriotism, war-making, imperialism and colonialism, regime change and nation-building, past and present. There are also accounts of life on the home front, and glances at totalitarianism in both the Soviet and post-Soviet eras.  Ground and place and landscape are key subjects too, as are Nature, human belonging and sensibility.

    There are thirty contributions by celebrated war correspondents, photo-journalists, former soldiers, a former Foreign Office representative, a major architect, memoirists, essayists, artists, brilliant critics and established poets. They are arranged in reversed chronological order, broadly from Armistice Day 2018 to 1918, from Afghanistan to ‘Flanders Fields’, from the poppy as a cause of war to the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

    Jacket design by Paul Hodgson

    Artwork: Detail from ‘Poppy’, watercolour  by Gail McNeillie © 2018. Photograph of soldiers in Afghan poppy field by Tom Garside © 2018.

    Details on the contributors are available by clicking here or are listed below.

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  • No. 2 Baltimore by Andrew Motion


    On the poet’s leaving his native land to settle in America. An ideal companion to his contribution to the Clutag Five Poems series.

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  • No. 14 Five Poems by Andrew Motion


    ‘Evening Traffic’
    ‘Fog in Naskeag Harbor’
    ‘Migration Song’
    ‘What the Grass Says’

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  • Archipelago Issue 6


    Winter 2011

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  • Laurels and Donkeys – Andrew Motion


    This profoundly moving new book is a sequence of war poems referring to 20th – and 21st-century conflicts that have involved British forces: among them, the First World War, the Second World War, the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan. Several of the poems are based on memories of the poet’s father, who landed at D-day and fought in France and Germany; many more take the words of other soldiers (from books, interviews and suchlike) to create ‘found poems’ that are in a sense collaborations between the author and his source…

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