Download the transcript of In Slate's Hands.
Mark Goodwin was born in 1969, spent his childhood on a farm in Leicestershire, and now lives on a narrow-boat on the river Soar, just north of Leicester.
He has published a number of poetry collections, including Else, Back of a Vast and Layers of Un published by Shearsman Books; Distance a Sudden an audio CD recorded from West Penwith to the West Highlands and released by Longbarrow Press; and the award-winning Shod, an odd version of The Gospel, based around a Shoe Messiah, published by Nine Arches Press.
The printed-text version of this poem was first published in the rock-climbing guide Llanberis Slate, published by Ground Up. The track is also presented on SoundCloud with quite a bit of extra material, info, and photos.