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Particles of Wonder

by Mark Waddell

Quirky, hilarious and occasionally profound poems, illustrated by the author.

Particles of Wonder tackles everything from the quandary of a lonely photofit through to what money may sound like and how a refusal to heed an American small-town cop’s warning to ‘never cross the great magnet’ leads to unimaginable consequences.

The breathtaking sight of a sodium city floating high above the mountains continues the journey of surprise, as does an attempt to plan an epiphany, not to mention what happens when you order from the impossible menu or only have 24 hours to get out of town...

Readers will also learn of the collective-noun collector’s astounding career path, sniff the aromatic agnostic and discover there are particles of wonder everywhere.

‘If the world were full of Mark Waddells, it would definitely be a happier place.’
– Ariane Sherine, The Huffington Post

‘Mark Waddell is a poet who makes people glad to be alive, while waking them up to their own absurdity.’
– Susannah Herbert, National Poetry Day


More at home in a bar than a library, Mark Waddell is a new breed of comedy-poet-libertine for a modern generation, who often takes to the stage mixing cocktails of music and words. He is also the man behind the street signs that are part of London’s Kentish Town landscape, keeping passers-by intrigued and tickled pink. Non-Kentish Towners can follow the signs on Instagram here.

His collections with Valley Press include On the Cusp of Greatness (2016) and Particles of Wonder (2021). His poems have also appeared in anthologies, including Tell Me the Truth About Life: A National Poetry Day Anthology curated by Cerys Matthews, where he found himself sandwiched between Maya Angelou, Leonard Cohen, Sylvia Plath and William Shakespeare.


Edition: First

Date Published: 2021-06-24

ISBN: 9781912436569

Catalogue Number: VP0177

Number of Pages: 96

Cover design by Peter Barnfather

Cover photograph by Pip Letchworth

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