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The Museum of Spare Parts

Slipping deftly between deadly serious and wildly anarchic, these poems move through clinical landscapes to the familiar and domestic with an ease that belies their complexity. They offer a cast of characters and situations, initially inspired by modern genomics, that will make you laugh out loud while simultaneously thinking some rather deep thoughts about the trajectory of our species; intimately connected, as we are, to everything around us, and everything we do – the essence of human experience mirrored in tiny “nanorobotic horses”.

Lisa Matthews


About Marilyn Longstaff

Marilyn Longstaff has spent most of her adult life in the North East of England. She was born in Liverpool, the daughter of ‘southerners’, whose vocation meant a nomadic existence. She lives in Darlington and is a member of the writing, performing and publishing collective Vane Women.

In 2003 she received a Northern Promise Award, and in 2005 completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle. In 2011 she was one of three featured poets in New Writing North’s Read Regional campaign. She is published in a range of magazines and anthologies.

She is the author of four poetry collections: Puritan Games (2001) Vane Women Press, Sitting Among the Hoppers (2004) Arrowhead Press,  Raiment (2010) and Articles of War (2017) both published by Smokestack Books.

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