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The Emma Press


Lost City

Lost City


A short pamphlet of poems by Roz Goddard, set in a post-industrial dystopia. With illustrations by Emma Dai’an Wright.

“Alert as deer, our bodies knew what we
couldn’t name, some tick in the blood.
Between storms the President’s men came
shouting for my husband. I tipped lipsticks
from the box – This red is beautiful against pale
and dark skin. This is the bud of a canna, like
a sunrise. They stood as giants in a backyard tent,
ammunition glittering. I kept up my pitch
as if they were tender men giving
attention to what would bring their women
a small pleasure.”

Page count: 32

Publication date: 6th November 2020

Paperback ISBN 978-1-912915-46-0

Commended for the 2021 Michael Marks Award for Illustration.

GTIN: N/A SKU: 9781912915460 Categories: , , Tag:

Roz Goddard

Roz Goddard is a poet and teacher. Lost City is her sixth collection of poetry. She is a former poet laureate of Birmingham. Her most recent collection, Spill, was published by Flarestack Poets in 2018. The Sopranos Sonnets and other poems, published by Nine Arches Press, was featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. She is a poetry mentor for The Poetry Society.


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

Additional information

Dimensions 11 × 17.8 cm

Print, eBook

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