Astropolis is the debut full-length collection of Astra Papachristodoulou. Marble or glass or metal or timber veined these songs formally mark a cityscape presumed gone and left behind. Papachristodoulou's human touch is a deft one found in that which is not noted or noted by negation, in that which the reader is left to mourn before their time.
Astropolis was the joint-winner of the inaugural NotTheNotTheBooker Prize.
‘Poetry looks over its shoulder because the future stares back. It comes in languages we don’t yet speak, it comes clothed in the armour of complexity, of technology that might be escaping our grasp. How rare it is to read a body of work like this, Astropolis by Astra Papachristodoulou, whose vocabulary, whose technique, whose innovation holds its nerve, and evokes our time now, which is always the future. As beautiful and visually striking as it is linguistically alive, this is a collection of neo-futurist poetic songs from one of Europe’s most interesting young poets.’
'Astropolis is a dark star, a shapeshifter of a collection. It flits from Bowie to Monáe, sci-fi concept album to gallery, city plan to arcade, all the while exploding forms in order to poke about in their cogs. Papachristodoulou does not provide a map to Astropolis, but leaves clues for the reader in ancient letters, ludic signs and glimpses of figures known as astronoids. Bold, interactive and completely compelling - a lost world in a book.’