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Helen Mort

The speaker of the poem follows an engineer walking home from their night shift. Most of the scenery remains in the dark except of the engineer and his lamp – traveling alone, while “the rails sing quietly […] till he comes home.” Helen Mort’s second collection of poetry “No Map Could Show Them” offers the readers a variety of perspectives on mountaineering, the human body and gender roles. Her poems navigate proximity and distance, past and present, edges and extremes.

· · 2016

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Mort, Helen. "Engineer." No Map Could Show Them, Chatto & Windus, 2016, p. 29. 9 l., ISBN 9781784740641

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  • Award-winning
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