post this publication to Email facebook twitter LinkedIn


36pp  |  978-1-912196-06-7

Price: £7.95


Ralf Andtbacka; Marko Hautala; Carita Nyström

Imagine north, then a further north, the fragmentation of lakes and archipelagos between memory and mythology, old Russia and new Europe, the certainty of landscape and the intricacy of machines, where light, dark and weather are the absolutes we navigate ourselves between.


Certainly there is enough of lasting value here to divert, to absorb, and to entertain, in almost equal parts. The identification of one unifying conceit is unsurprising in a land of endless lakes and forests. An overwhelming, possibly prismatic, sense of 'outside' suggests that Andtbacka, Hautala and Nyström interiorise landscape as infants ingest milk... From The Yorkshire Times – Read on here. 

Some of the collection's most striking images are directed by, or towards, the sun's strange shadows, the chiaroscuro of light through trees, and the multivalence of water, as though the phenomena gave definition to the observer as much as to the uniqueness of the place observed.


Ralf is the Poet in Chief for the Cabinet of Curiosities: he takes objects apart and puts them back together again in a way that makes intricate truths human, and the simple things part of a wonderful machine – Steve Dearden


Marko takes us from the madness of the endless Finnish roads to the sharp ridiculousness of a family funeral, stopping off at frost and stars – Adam Strickson


Carita writes “as if intoxicated by life”. Her poetry, rooted in Ostrobothnia, with its “new land rising” evokes, through its cadence, the sea’s incantatory flow – Kath McKay

More by Ralf Andtbacka; Marko Hautala; Carita Nyström

The author(s) have no other publications from smith|doorstop

Tweets from the Poetry Business

poetrybusiness The 2018 New Poets Prize winners will be reading from their newly published collections at The Poetry Cafè on Wedne… https://t.co/pNUdtCYmFQ

about 12 hours ago via Twitter Web Client

Poetry Business mailing list
Your cart is currently empty
Arts Council England - National Portfolio Organisation

Inpress Books