**Winner of the East Midlands Book Award 2011**
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Published: 9th August 2010
When Sidney Realer experiences a moment of revelation in the supermarket aisles, it sets him off on a pilgrimage through a frighteningly familiar contemporary landscape.
With narrative roots in the biblical, mythological and folk traditions, Shod is a twenty-first century parable, spirited and dark in equal measure, taking place in the clone-town wilderness, fearlessly singing the songs of our all our wrongs.
Winner of the East Midlands Book Award - full details here.
Praise for Shod:
"Raw, distinctly voiced, and edgy, Shod is a Twenty-First-Century allegory that doesn’t disappoint. Sidney Realer, the Shoe Messiah, and the apocalyptic cast of characters he encounters, stays with the imagination long after the poem has been read. With echoes of popular song, religious tracts, and consumer culture, Shod has overtones of the dissenting art of William Blake. But this is Blakean work which is very much for today, as Sidney moves between the blank-walled supermarket and broken-rural hinterland of a town’s outskirts. This is disturbing, savage, and memorable poetry, with something uncompromisingly human at its heart." - Deborah Tyler-Bennett
"Rich in folk tale, oral history, classical myth and religion including Nike as all too convincing goddess, AZDA as an underworld of sorts. Like Berryman's Henry, Goodwin has created a combined muse, foil and antihero in Sidney, at once everyman and every troubling crazy dream. He writes with an elegant, engaging strangeness, always anchored fast in our world through something that unites us all and keeps us all walking unhobbled. Shod's shoes are firmly on the ground, but its mind is tearing through the micro- and macro-verse with allusive abandon. It's an inspiring, extraordinary ride." - Luke Kennard
"Mark Goodwin's Shod takes us for a walk on the wild side of poetic adventure and it's a treat." - Geraldine Monk
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Read an extract from this book here.
Listen to 'The Song of Shoes' from Shod here.
Listen to 'The Barn of the Sinking Moon' from Shod here.
Mark Goodwin’s third full-length collection is Shod. He has previously published two collections with Shearsman Books, Else and Back of A Vast; and also a chapbook entitled Distance a Sudden with Longbarrow Press. He has been fascinated by religions and mysticism since he started writing; being much inspired and informed by the works of Ted Hughes, Peter Redgrove and Penelope Shuttle. Mark lives in Leicestershire where he works as a community poet.