SUBTERRANEAN by Harry Gallagher
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SUBTERRANEAN explores the historic and ongoing exploitation of the earth for minerals, and the impact on both the environment and the people who work at the sharp end of the industry.
The mining of coal, iron, lead and quarrying fascinate and horrify Harry Gallagher in equal measure:
The poet's empathy for his subject runs like a seam through this pamphlet.
From your hills I was formed,
the orange peel in your rocks,
flinted gold in wheeled carts
dragged out from the face.
From 'Iron Man'