BLOCK by Jack Mann is an A6-sized booklet which presents 11 poems in two forms: as they were originally written and as they have become over time...
'At a loss for words/not like me, usually[...]'
BLOCK; or, the naïvete of the prince not crowned begins with the above line written on the way home, alone, from a Sheffield nightclub at the peak of my first year of university, and, following the east coast of Australia, Berlin and Chapel en le Frith, the collection then rattles towards its language-less conclusion in the dirt somewhere beneath Park Hill Flats.
BLOCK is a contemporary, British poetry collection written in Jack's voice. It is bleak, funny and raw. The way BLOCK builds and breaks down from strident subjectivity towards a hurting honesty and how the poems and its narrator lose their ideals, their cynicism, and, at times, their confidence - not least in language - make Jack's first booklet unlike many writer's debut poetry collections.
This edition was made possible with the help of The Writing Squad and Wrecking Ball Press.