A sequence of poems set in an imagined city, examining the impact of post-industrialisation and the effect of toxic political leadership on the collapse of cities and communities. The poems offer perspectives from various characters living in the City, from the tour guide to the photographer to the hostess at Kissorama.
With black-and-white illustrations by Emma Dai’an Wright.
“Roz Goddard has built her Lost City with such precise and original imagery that it lives on in this reader’s mind as a dark, brutal and barren place, begging to be explored again.” Sphinx Reviews
“At once mythic and familiar… hauntingly illustrated.” Poetry Book Society
“Makes us reflect on the ethics of ghoulish cultural voyeurism. Exhibitions are made of buried civilisations and tour guides may have led us through them. Is there hope? If so, maybe here it is enacted, not so much in the narratives of destruction but in lines of uplifting lyricism.” Pam Thompson, Under the Radar
“Goddard’s vagueness also intrigued me: it signalled possibility. Such as – what if Lost City is not a geographical entity at all? What if Lost City is the life-force inside each one of us, gradually ageing, grudgingly succumbing to the wreckage wrought dementia and physical disintegration, reluctantly winding down to its end?” Stella Backhouse, Here Comes Everyone