Delighted that my volume of shepherd-cycle pastoral-georgics, Cairn Almanac, has come out with Hesterglock Press! With pictures! (of the ‘Knowledge Quarter’ in construction, c. 2015). Buy it here & get sent a PDF with the images in colour as well; otherwise, I’ll be ambling about with some in my pack of rustic merchandize & winter raiment.
Thank you to Peter Larkin & Harriet Tarlo for these generous blurb statements:
“In these poems, with their echoes of Langland, Spenser and Milton, a laconic pastoral is fired with a lyric injunction: let the urban macro-wave find its bubble overlay skittishly reproducing an organic micro-sheaf. Let there be improbable gleanings of the faux-rural, even via cursory zones where the primal threads a maze of its own repetitions: deviant frames may have forgotten how not to go on declaring the seasons.”
“Questioning time from the “Knowledge Quarter”: how we measure it, how we (don’t) believe in the seasons, how we live with weather in the era of climate change. Phrases flicker meanings, seen through an ecological lens, through energy politics, seen from a bicycle, on a screen, in their patchy pasts. “Forced Fingers” employs a sparser language, entering the Georgic realm of agricultural economics in an uncanny blurring of lyricism and harsh realism, with words cut up brutally by the line-breaks.”
I’ll be reading from Cairn Almanac at ANATHEMA in Bristol (Hesterglock Press, Sad Press & Moot Press). Deets here: