The analogue/digital divide has never been more beguiling than in this masterful collection of nuanced and subtle poems. In them we travel routes into new and old technologies, across continents and the world, exploring history, being and modernity. And the collection reminds us that language crosses all divisions, speaking eloquently and movingly about the vicissitudes of personal change and the power of lasting connections.  Paul Hetherington (poet and Professor at the University of Canberra)

Paul Munden is Director of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) and the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 1990. He has worked extensively for the British Council using poetry to enliven debates on scientific and social themes, and edited Feeling the Pressure: Poetry and Science of Climate Change (British Council, 2008). His collection Asterisk (smith|doorstop, 2011), combines poems with Marion Frith’s photography .to explore Shandy Hall, the birthplace of Laurence Sterne. He is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Canberra. 

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Analogue/Digital brings together poems first published in Faber’s Poetry Introduction 7, and other anthologies and magazines mainly from the 1990s, with recent poems relating to travels – particularly in Australia.

The switch from analogue to digital technologies informs the selection, in which themes of loss, survival and changing horizons are reflected in the radical shift. Old and new worlds speak to each other, with their various means of recording the world – past and present, both vying for attention.