Natural Phenomena is the long-awaited debut collection of poetry from Meryl Pugh.
Chosen as the Spring 2018 Guest Selection by the Poetry Book Society, Natural Phenomena is a book of witnessing and listening, of discovering the natural word
through the window of the urban environment.
Natural Phenomena slows the pace of the surrounding environment – finding splashes of
green under cracks in pavements, wildflower in rubble – with a concise, exacting lyric that will stop readers and walkers in their tracks. Exploring the urban landscape of her east London home, Pugh becomes both futurist and flaneuse, embedding herself in the everyday of the city. These poems turn the reflected light of buildings upon the flora and fauna of post-industrial edgelands, turns grief into brick and birdsong. A radical alternative to conventional nature poetry, Natural Phenomena records the sound world of a changing city.
Meryl Pugh grew up in Wales, New Zealand, East Anglia and the Forest of Dean, but has lived in London for 26 years. She has a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from UEA and – having previously worked in schools, museums and libraries – now teaches creative writing and poetry for Morley College. Natural Phenomena is her first book.