The Hutton Inquiry
The political events of Summer 2003 is the setting for the main sequence of poems in "The Hutton Inquiry." The poems move quickly, as scraps of information, piecing together the picture of a summer gone wrong. The emphasis is on speed, association, guesswork - creating a mosaic from the fragmentation of political divide and rule.
The story of the nascent war in Iraq unfolds in "Progress Poems," a sequence that began as an indictment of false notions of progress, and turned into a melting-pot for harboured cynicisms: from Rupert Murdoch to Tony Blair. Jumbled in numbers from 1-2000, the poems move with the synchronicity and randomness of the internet.
The book opens with "A Taste of Verdigris", a series of mostly present-tense, lived-in poems. These poems differ from so much contemporary poetry in that they account for the fabric of daily existence before it reaches the point of retelling through the techniques of story. They press with the immediacy of the moment.
"The Smog: London Poems" is a sequence for anyone who has ever experienced the sensation of the outsider, newly arrived in London. "The London Migration Sequence" accounts for the London rookie's attempts to make ends meet, and to begin to make sense of the metropolis. The final poems in the book are a series of love poems, lighter in touch, including a nod to the French Surrealists. These poems are the secure place from which the books broader experiments can take flight.