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Sandsnarl is a collection of poems by Jon Stone.

The Elderly Astronomer Sits in What Was Once the Churchyard, Reading (so She is Given to Understand) a Long-Lost Novel of George Sand


And as she turns a page, intent on knowing what comes next,

the cars of the police start to arrive.


They close their doors so tenderly. They straighten up their vests,

and sand runs from her sleeve.”

Now available for pre-order.

Page count: 36

Publication date: 2 September 2021

Paperback ISBN: 9781912915798


SKU: 978-1-912915-79-8 Categories: , , Tag:

Jon Stone

Jon Stone is a Derbyshire-born writer, editor and researcher. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and the Poetry London Prize in 2014 and 2016. School of Forgery (Salt, 2012) was chosen as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He designs and edits collaborative mixed media anthologies with Sidekick Books and has a PhD in poem-videogame interplay.


Village of dunes. Valley of slumber-dust.

Sandsnarl is a settlement steeped in sand – though where it came from and how long ago is a matter of tall tales and steely whispers. The sand itself makes accurate record-keeping impossible. It is drug, ore, plague and delicacy. The inhabitants of this region (or is it a fallen kingdom?) talk and think through its haze. Some alter their shape. Others fizz and seethe with the habit of resistance.

These poems eavesdrop, extract and sift. Together, they make a brief impression of a time and place, a Buñuelian musical without the music.

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Dimensions 11 × 3 × 17.8 cm

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