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Poem Brut #80 – my dear woods

By Mark Goodwin.

Mark Goodwin is a poet-sound-artist who speaks and writes in various ways. He is also a tree-climber. Mark has been making poetry for over three decades. He has published six full-length books & seven chapbooks with various poetry houses, including Longbarrow Press & Shearsman Books. Both his books with Longbarrow – Steps (2014) & Rock as Gloss (2018) – were category finalists in the Banff Mountain Book Competition. Mark’s next full-length collection – At – is due out with Shearsman in 2020. He often collaborates with other artists, including Sheffield-based climber-artist Paul Evans. An example of his performance work with Paul is expressed here: https://longbarrowblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/seven-forms-through-mark-goodwin/. Mark lives on a narrowboat with photographer Nikki Clayton, just north of Leicester.

Nikki Clayton takes photos instinctively and compulsively, and has been doing so for over a decade. She is fascinated by urban society’s material culture, and much of her photography expresses ‘the discarded’ and/or ‘the lost’. Much of her work plays with scale, juxtaposition and cropping to reveal what we so often see but so often don’t notice. Her compositions transform everyday objects into the ‘unusual’ and less easily recognisable. Nikki’s photographs have featured as front cover images on poetry collections published by Longbarrow Press, Shearsman Books, Nine Arches Press and Leafe Press. Her photographs have been exhibited, and have been part of multimedia performances, in various venues in Sheffield, at Newstead Abbey, and online. Nikki lives in Leicestershire, on a boat with a poet.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Sunday, January 19th, 2020.