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WONHAM, Jonathon | WONHAM, Nick | Steel Horizon: Poems of the North Sea


Oldham: Incline Press, 2013 

First edition, limited to two hundred copies, no. 9 – signed by writer and illustrator. Large 8vo (32cm). 52pp. Ten full-page linocuts by Nick Wonham to accompany twenty-nine poems by Jonathan Wonham. Hand-sewn and hardbound; spine in grey cloth with black title; front board covered with grey paper letterpress printed with one of Nick’s two-colour linos; back board printed with a two colour helicopter vignette; complete with custom grey slipcase; and wrapped in paper printed with an Incline Press repeated motif; a fine copy.

From Incline Press – “Deepwater Horizon. Piper Alpha. These names have become synonymous with the oil rigs that keep factories running, houses warm and transport running. Life on any oil rig is lonely, gritty and dangerous. For those left at home, it is also lonely, and dangerous in other ways. Jonathan Wonham’s poems spring from his experience on these oil platforms, particularly his time in Northern Scotland, where the loneliness, the fear, even the horror worked itself out in these poems. Each poem describes the scene from a different angle, a different point of view, a small vignette of oil and steel and the human condition.

In the book the sky, the sea and the grey steel of the rigs form a monochromatic landscape that blends day with day. Yet there are also bright flashes of colour, brief moments of beauty. Nick Wonham, Jonathan’s brother, adds the visuals to these vignettes, crafting the multicoloured linocuts that help convey the sense of each poem.”


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