Iain Sinclair: Suicide Bridge

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  • Robert Bond (Independent Scholar - Europe)

Suicide Bridge appeared from Sinclair's Albion Village Press in 1979. The book is sub-titled A Book of the Furies, A Mythology of the South & East Autumn 1973 to Spring 1978, and is motivated by Sinclair's desire to adopt mythic figures from Blake's Jerusalem (1804-20) – figures such as Hand, Hyle and Kotope – and reanimate them within a contemporary English landscape. Like Sinclair's earlier text Lud Heat (1975), the book intersperses poetic sequences with prose essays. “A Cosmogony for Hand & Hyle” launches the first, London-based, sequence of poems; the subsequent poetic assemblages push out to Cambridge and then the West of England, so as to record Sinclair's early experiments i…

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Bond, Robert. "Suicide Bridge". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2002
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