Excavated, decoded and sequenced, the legendary Surveyors’ Riddles come to light. Giles Goodland and Alistair Noon are our guides and translators across a swooping sequence of dark vignettes. Fragments of political dissent mutate into micro-observation, causing time itself to bend under pressure. Head underground with this wickedly funny collaboration.
Here are the famously gnomic and prophetic Surveyors’ Riddles, newly translated for a modern audience to puzzle on, dabble with and divine from. Giles Goodland and Alistair Noon have taken the rules of genetic poem-sequencing to a geological extreme, and in so doing, they have bored from the rock of literary hardcore a sequence of gneissic quality – sparkling with allusions to the contemporary, the historical and the alt-historical. Just remember to let someone know where you’re going before you enter.
About the Authors
Giles Goodland is the author of Gloss (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2014) and What the Things Sang (Shearsman, 2012) as well as several chapbooks of poetry and articles on Early Modern English lexis. Born in 1964, he lives in London, and works in Oxford.
Alistair Noon is the author of Earth Records (2012) and The Kerosene Singing (2015), both from Nine Arches Press, as well as a dozen chapbooks of poetry and translations from Germany and Russia. Born in 1970, he lives in Berlin, where he works as a translator.
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