A city lies in ruins. Spires topple, planes fall. Rubble is broken by wildflower. Birdsong and chatter cut through.
Discover the urban wild in Meryl Pugh’s debut collection. Join the poet as flaneuse wandering the city’s hidden spaces to encounter its flora and fauna; its many-voiced song.
A book of witnessing and overhearing, Natural Phenomena asks where the beauty is in the city of plastic, wire and glass; holds a mirror up to the self and asks how we contend with loss and absence in a constantly bustling environment.
Meryl read from and discussed Natural Phenomena at our second VERVE festival in 2018. Then in 2021 she produced the wonderful pamphlet Wife of Orisis and published it with Verve Poetry Press. We’re huge fans of this excellent poet.
Date: 22nd February 2018
Extent: 80 pp