Shortlist year: 
2019
Shortlist category: 
Poetry
Published by: 
Giramondo Publishing

About the book

Newcastle sonnets by Keri Glastonbury.

Once considered a masculine working-class heartland, Newcastle is now acclaimed as one of the hipster cities of the world. In the sequence of sonnets that compose her homage to Newcastle, Glastonbury celebrates the city's oddities and contradictions, remixing the material effects of post-industrial gentrification with the vernacular of social media. An antipodean, regional, queering of Ted Berrigan's New York-based The Sonnets, Glastonbury's poems embrace the city's DIY chutzpah and the swipes, likes and filters of internet culture. This is Newcastle in cosplay mode, part eggs benedict, part pebblecrete, where a coal ship named 'Fiction' is being towed into the harbour.