Assembly Lines, Paperback / softback Book

Assembly Lines Paperback / softback

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Assembly Lines asks what it means to be here and now, in post-industrial towns and cities of the heartlands that are forever on the periphery.

From schools and workplaces and lives lived in 'a different town, just like this', these poems take a historical perspective on the present day from the ground upwards - whether the geological strata that underpins a 'dithering island' or the ever-moving turf under a racehorses' hooves.

This is a new Midlands realism, precision-engineered, which seeks wonderment in unlikely places.

By turns both fierce and tender, the poems in Jane Commane's first book-length collection re-assemble the landscape, offer up an alternative national curriculum and find ghosts and strange magic in the machinery of the everyday.

Between disappearances and reformations, the natural and the man-made, the lines are drawn; you might try to leave your hometown, but it will never leave you.

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