Dark Mountain: Issue 10 – Uncivilised Poetics (PDF)

Nick is the author of three books about walking and Europe, the most recent of which is Outlandish, a work of gonzo ornithology, The Parakeeting of London, and a collection of short fiction, Loss Soup and Other Stories. He works as an editor and co-director for the Dark Mountain Project, and has contributed short stories and essays to many of its issues. Red Smoking Mirror is his debut novel.


The Autumn 2016 edition is a special issue that explores the importance of poetry and the poetic.


This is a PDF download of Dark Mountain: Issue 10 – Uncivilised Poetics.

We are living through an age of turmoil: climate change, extinction, failed economics, stagnant politics. In such a time, what is the point of poetry?

This question is the starting point for Uncivilised Poetics, the tenth Dark Mountain book, which brings together a unique collection of writers and artists. With poems, essays and visual art, their voices come together to reimagine what it means to be human today.

‘Modernity and its colossal ideas are collapsing,’ write the editors. ‘The urn has cracked. The work gathered here explores what happens in the gaps, what shape the shards, when the world as we know it fails.’

Contributors to this special issue of Dark Mountain include Mark Rylance, Sheryl St. Germain, John Kinsella, Robert Bringhurst, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Robin Robertson, Jan Zwicky and Robert Montgomery.

The editors for this issue were Em Strang, Nick Hunt and Cate Chapman. The art editor was Charlotte Du Cann. The cover art is the work of the writer and illustrator Nick Hayes.