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Beginning in 2006 and continuing (when time allowed) over the next four years, the poet Daniel Cockrill and Mark Power made several road trips across England, stopping at a range of towns and cities along the way. They were trying to better understand the rise of nationalism then (as now) evident in the UK, as well as notions of Englishness, concepts much discussed in the media at the time.
In a true collaboration, in that they always travelled together and experienced much the same things, Dan would write poems and Mark would. As time progressed they witnessed their country slide into recession and the government introduce austerity measures, although little seemed to alter in the fabric of the landscape. What we did notice was something more abstract, more of a state of mind among the population as many began to blame others – and immigration in particular – for perceived misfortunes. Cockrill attempted to catch something of this mood in his poetry while Power continued to the backdrop against which the story unfolded.
Although they concluded the work in 2010 with an exhibition in London, it was not until recently that they’ve chosen to self-publish the book. Looking at the work now, with the benefit of hindsight, it’s possible to sense the changing mood in the country, of which the BREXIT vote was perhaps the sad but inevitable conclusion.
1st Edition. Limited to 1,500 copies. Signed by Mark Power.
Also available signed by Mark Power and Daniel Cockrill.