Supporting your high street Find out how »
Mancunia, Paperback / softback Book

Mancunia Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


Shortlisted for the 2017 T. S. Eliot PrizeLonglisted for the 2019 Portico PrizePBS Autumn RecommendationMancunia is both a real and an unreal city.

In part, it is rooted in Manchester, but it is an imagined city too, a fallen utopia viewed from formal tracks, as from the train in the background of De Chirico's paintings.

In these poems we encounter a Victorian diorama, a bar where a merchant mariner has a story he must tell, a chimeric creature - Miss Molasses - emerging from the old docks.

There are poems in honour of Mancunia's bureaucrats: the Master of the Lighting of Small Objects, the Superintendent of Public Spectacles, the Co-ordinator of Misreadings.

Metaphysical and lyrical, the poems in Michael Symmons Roberts' seventh collection are concerned with why and how we ascribe value, where it resides and how it survives.

Mancunia is - like More's Utopia - both a no-place and an attempt at the good-place.

It is occupied, liberated, abandoned and rebuilt. Capacious, disturbing and shape-shifting, these are poems for our changing times.


Other Formats



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops

Also by Michael Symmons Roberts   |  View all