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Tears in the Fence 59

Tears in the Fence 59

Tears in the Fence 59 is now available from https://tearsinthefence.com/pay-it-forward and features poetry, fiction and nonfiction from Lucy Burnett, Anne Gorrick, Colin Sutherill, Peter Larkin, Mark Goodwin, Chris Hall, Sue Chenette, Stefan Zweig translated by William Ruleman, Lesley Burt, June English, Sheila Hamilton, Rachel Sills, Mandy Pannett, Janet Rogerson, Valerie Bridge, Elizabeth Stott, Seàn Street, Charles Hadfield, Natalie Bradbeer, Grahaeme Barrasford Young, Charles Wilkinson, Eleanor Rees, Christos Sakellaridis, Carole Birkan, James Bell, Nicolas Ridley, Gerald Locklin, Caroline Clark, Simon Jenner, Rosie Jackson, Geraldine Clarkson and Steve Spence.

The critical section includes David Caddy’s Editorial, Anthony Barnett’s Antonym: A Disaccumulation of Knowledge, A Conversation Piece with John Freeman by Gavin Goodwin, Jennifer K. Dick’s Of Tradition and Experiment X: Five Small Press Publications, Peter Hughes on John Hall, Ben Hickman on Keston Sutherland, Norman Jope on recent Waterloo Press books, Elizabeth Stott on Kathleen Jones’ biography of Norman Nicholson, Juha Virtanen on recent Knives Forks and Spoons Press publications, Tom Jenks on Robert Sheppard, Mandy Pannett on Valerie Bridge, Rosie Jackson’s Between The Lines, Anthony Barnett’s Antonym: Gunnar Ekelöf ’s Table and Ian Brinton’s Aferword.

Mandy Pannett’s All The Invisibles

Mandy Pannett’s All The Invisibles

Mandy Pannett’s All The Invisibles (SPM Publications, 2012) is an uplifting, grounded and coherent collection of poems that stem from a deep absorption in the history and mythology of the English landscape and natural world. It is a living awareness of the literary and historical associations of the people, animals and wildlife that live on or near the land. These diverse poems, wonderfully rooted in the things of the world that inspire and intrigue, converge into a pattern of existence that is at once both magical and lived in the raw.  The great strength of these poems is that they are open to the natural world in both its light and shade. Pannett, a regular contributor to Tears in the Fence for the past two decades, has a keen awareness of the potential and danger within the borderland of wilderness and a cultivated culture, impinged as it is by knowledge and shadow. Many of the poems point to a movement outside of ordinary relationships that stunts, liberates or neutralizes. This frisson undercuts the poems that offer sunlight to produce a continual counter-movement of broken bliss. The heart and body is at once, through reference to the Romantics, geology, toxins and decomposition, out of kilter with and vulnerable to the dialectic of the land.

 

The Hurt Of Man

 

…                      A black and wolvish

world of ice, too thick at first

 

to shatter-cut while hurt of man

is seeding in the grass. Enough

 

to measure shadows with a twig

and cranberry notch, for time to turn around

 

the waning moon. Violating

silent girls he sees that those who plough

 

the viper fight for guts of fish. Now

a wolf devours the light …

 

 

This exceptional collection, written by a poet who understands her craft and is finding more than mystery in the world, is highly recommended.

 

David Caddy

 

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