What do we love? When troubles and doubts threaten to overwhelm, what sustains or inspires us? What are the things we cannot do without? Recent events have made many of us question a great deal about our lives. Yet somehow they have also taught us to see the world afresh, leading to new discoveries, both tiny and monumental – and often right on our very doorsteps.
Featuring new and emerging as well as more established voices, Local Wonders is a record in poetry of an extraordinary time. More importantly, it is a record of how we have learned to accommodate and adapt, a re-mapping of our complex relationship to our immediate surrounds. In these still challenging times, above all it is an invitation to sing the praises of what is of real value to us now – not to ignore the things that haunt and worry us, but to see beyond them to the better world that poetry brings into the light.