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Remarkable Occurrences

by Patrick Lodge

An eclectic poetry collection, including a sequence responding to the first round-the-world voyage of Captain Cook's Endeavour, on the 250th anniversary of the epic journey.

This is a book of two halves, and many journeys. The first part sends us throughout the world and across history, finding the poetry in James Joyce's short-lived cinema, Dana Scully's oarless rowboat, the Cerasi Chapel, a Hindu temple, the Cardiff Mod scene and a Bowie-singing log delivery man – all painted with Lodge's trademark understated humour, striking imagery and careful observation.

The second part is a lengthy sequence responding to Captain James Cook’s first voyage aboard the Endeavour. Not a work of biography, or a history, this is an effort to capture the imaginative power of Cook’s journey into the unknown through a squint view of his companions, the cultures he encountered and the events which unfolded. As a whole, Remarkable Occurrences is a deeply impressive literary achievement which will leave a lasting impression on all those who encounter it.

“Lodge at his best – finely observed moments, images to die for, and an assured tone throughout. A work for our times.” Will Kemp

“A tour de force … part threnody, part celebration, it is a remarkable achievement.” Hannah Stone

“A unique combination of the cerebral and the lyrical, which will reward the reader again and again.” Wendy Klein

“A master of the closely observed and understated … poems to be savoured.” Mick Corrigan


Patrick Lodge was born in Wales, lives in Yorkshire and travels on an Irish passport. His poetry has been published, anthologised and translated in several countries including India, Australia, the USA and Vietnam. Recent competition successes include a commendation in the 2018 Gregory O’Donoghue International Competition, plus shortlistings for the 2018 Leeds Poetry Peace Prize, the inaugural Trim Poetry Prize in 2019, and the Poetry On The Lake competition 2019. He won the Red House Poets/Blackwater poetry competition, 2019. He has read by invitation at poetry festivals and events in the UK, Ireland, Orkney, Kosovo and Italy.

His first collection An Anniversary of Flight was published by Valley Press in 2013. His second, Shenanigans, followed in 2016, and a third, Remarkable Occurrences, in 2019.


Edition: First

Date Published: 2019-10-08

ISBN: 9781912436279

Catalogue Number: VP0147

Number of Pages: 102

Cover design by Jamie McGarry.

Cover illustration: Admiralty deck plan of the Endeavour, 1768.
© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. 

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