A Land Between Borders


The 2022 Straid Collection Award is A Land Between Borders by Mike Barlow 

Zoom Launch - Thursday 24th August 2023

Carole Coates & Mike Barlow

Review by Matthew Paul HERE

You may listen to several poems | click links at the foot of this page

This fine collection is about spaces between – between borders, histories, emotions, belonging and not belonging. Sometimes direct, sometimes enigmatic, the poems often evoke events, states of mind or moments in which the familiar and predictable are displaced by the uncertain and ambiguous.

“there are two horizons, each with a flag of convenience

there is a road but you never seem to be on it

 the grain of the air rubs your second skin raw

 the ground’s criss-crossed by the tracks of travellers

coming and going in search of their souls”

 Mike Barlow has won prizes in a number of competitions including first prize in the Amnesty International (2002), Ledbury (2005) and National (2006) Competitions. His first full collection, Living on the Difference (Smith|Doorstop 2004) won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize for Best First Collection. His pamphlet Amicable Numbers (Templar 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. 

Listen to a short selection of poems below - click on individual titles

In the Land Between Borders


My Uncle Ivan

In the Sheltered Community of the not-yet-conceived


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