Jonathan Edwards Articles

‘Come to Where I’m From’

‘Come to where I’m from.’ So writes Glyn Maxwell in his masterpiece of place, ‘Birthplace’, from his 2013 collection Pluto. The great energy of the poem, its enormous historic sweep, is a great advertisement for what place can do for a poem – or for what this poet can do for any subject at all….

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Nothing’s too much trouble for our stellar host – he bellows loud hellos from his front door before our car-bound feet disrupt his gravel. Call-me-Toby ushers us to his spongey lemon couch for a slice of just-baked drizzling lemon sponge cake. He plunges into freshly brewed fairly-traded coffee, pours into bone-china, places onto Badger’s Bottom…

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