"When the ship was carried across
the plains, on a sea of things that
defied inventory -pines, seaweed,
Toto washlets, asphalt, creatures
- it was one of those days when the world
would not behave, would not
turn up for inspection"
Author, editor, photographer and publisher Matthew Smith publishes an astonishingly accomplished collection of poetry in "Sea of the Edge" -a slim volume influenced by Japan and covering a wide range of subjects.
I make no secret of my love for Wundor - a publishing company only set up in the last few years, but one that has swiftly become beloved by me for consistently publishing intelligent and attractive pieces of literature, ranging from fiction through to travel guides. Not only are the works all of a high standard, but Wundor also place higher importance on presentation than most publishing companies, ensuring that every work published is as beautiful to look at as it is to read.
The first work I read by Wundor was Matthew Smith's first novel. "The Waking". A powerful meditation on family and literature, it was a book I rated extremely highly, with Smith's experience as a poet allowing him a mastery of words - ensuring that the prose in "The Waking" was immediate and effective.
As a result, I was hugely excited to read Smith's poetry - and I'm relieved to say that "Sea of the Edge" more than lived up to my expectations.
A contrasting, curated collection, these poems take the reader through intimate recollections, across the seas to Japan, and from the modern day to times past. Varying in terms of style and length, each poem is distinct enough to ensure that the readers interest is kept up throughout -every poem both different and surprising.
Available now to order from Wundor Editions, "Sea of the Edge" is a collection of poetry that's accessible, immediate and hugely accomplished.