Part of the permanent Irwell Sculpture Trail Ron Silliman’s neon text piece features a line from the American poet’s original work, Northern Soul, written after a visit to Bury in 2009. The work is a homage to the great Chico Escuela, is a part of Wharf Hypothesis, which itself is the opening movement of Northern Soul. The poet is certain this is the most read publication he will ever produce.
Ron Silliman, a major figure in international poetry, worked on his single huge poem, the Alphabet, from 1974 to 2004. He is now working on a second long poem called Universe of which Northern Soul forms part.