Out for Air


‘Out For Air’ is the exhilarating first collection by former professional skateboarder Olly Todd.

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Infused with movement, surprise and play, Out for Air presents a unique vision of the built environment, celebrating places where ‘the bridges are endless / beyond the cantilever / of reality’. Expansive in scope but intricate in form, a masterclass in precision engineering. Todd rewires T. S. Eliot’s Waste Land in his strange, compelling descriptions of the modern city: melting asphalt; a U-turning taxi; a diner swallowed by a sinkhole. In this disorientating landscape the skateboarder-poet is genius loci, the spirit of the place.

From Manhattan’s ‘silky streets’ and the Pacific Coast Highway to inner-city London and his native Cumbria, together these poems record a life lived on the move, in motion, on the cusp of things.

‘I’m dazzled by this wonderful debut…The language itself crunches, glides, grinds. A radically different way of experiencing the built and natural environment and an endlessly engaging, witty, serious and astute new voice.’ – Luke Kennard

Out for Air is an inventive and alluring debut…With shades of Kleinzahler and Eliot, these poems explore angles and movement, friendship and distance, in a voice that is genuinely original, graceful and often strange.’ – Martha Sprackland

‘Through his words a whole world and potential opens up, a distillation of experience that feels universal and intimate.’ – Nick Jensen

‘Out for Air creates a world of familiarity gone strange, a world of signs of the human in motion, where the living in place becomes its constant study. It makes a hard-to-pin-down language which is all its own, and which mirrors its subjects’ international scope, its playful, sometimes arch, worldview, and which announces a wholly original voice.’ – Will Burns

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Weight 0.13 kg
Dimensions 21.6 × 21.5 × 1.3 cm










821.92 (edition:23)


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