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A Stranger in San Francisco: A poem in nine parts

By Nick Freeth

A place of sweet arrival and provision... Where almost anyone can occupy a niche and gain a label...

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978-1-999819866 [G5]

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This book-length poem describes a Londoner’s recent visit to San Francisco: the motivations and attractions that lead him to make his journey; the pleasure he derives from the city’s rich heritage, the “gleam and glow” of its streetscapes and the “high-flown wonder” of the Golden Gate Bridge – and his ultimate recognition that “to any stranger’s knowledge of it...there are limits.”

Its nine parts include imagined encounters with a ghostly British air pilot and a False Knight on the Road, thoughts about the Little Boxes made famous by folk singer Pete Seeger, and versified extracts from a diary kept by an English ship’s carpenter on his voyage from Liverpool round Cape Horn to San Francisco in the 1860s.

Nick Freeth is the author of Going Nowhere: Exploring London’s Abandoned Places, also published by Baffin.


Publisher website: Baffin Books UK

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