Creative Power inspires positive change by pairing the work of a well-known artist with a meaningful action individuals can take in the fight against climate change. This post examines the topic of waste.
Landfill by John Wedgwood Clarke
John Wedgwood Clarke is a poet who recently spent a year as poet in residence at two rubbish dumps in Yorkshire. During his time there he examined the things we throw away and spoke to the people who process our waste, gaining a unique understanding of how our lives depend on these ‘depressing and inspiring’¹ facilities.
His latest book of poetry, Landfill, was the result. It offers a subtle and fresh perspective on consumerism, our relationship with rubbish and the mark we are leaving on the earth.
“By the conical mound of crushed rubble
they’re stacked like a child’s pack of cards,
wedged apart, rocking on door handles,
neither entrance nor exit, nor a place for change
to occupy the hand…” (From I. Heap of Doors)
Buy a copy of Landfill from Valley Press.
¹Quote from ‘The Poetry of Rubbish’ interview with John. Read the full interview on The Poetry School website.
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