No waiting / red rose / rust ladder

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No Waiting Poet

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Blue door

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The little red rose

on the blue door

has seen

better days

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Rust ladder to the half-moon

This is not the yellow brick road

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Now playing: Chris Abrahams – Fluid to the Influence.

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Three Colours

Blue

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Blackbird

Raga

Sky

Transmission

White

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The blind owl

sees no shadows

but feels the sun

Red

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Sounding

the sun-bleached

colour-field.

 

A chorus

of fire music.

Now playing: Alice Coltrane – Saved from the Fire: The Ashram Tapes of Alice Coltrane, Mix for RBMA Radio by Frosty

From a walk to Dunfermline via Pattiesmuir, under a baking sun, 18th June 2016.

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Book Review – Billy Mills on Elliptical Movements

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Another book review of From Hill to Sea. This time from Billy Mills, poet, editor, and literary journalist at guardian.co.uk. Billy also runs hardPressedPoetry press with fellow poet Catherine Walsh. Billy’s blog Elliptical Movements is a treasure trove of book reviews, poetry and generally interesting writing including an archive of Irish Women Poets. We are delighted that he has reviewed our book which can be read here.

Thanks Billy!

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Now playing: Wire – ‘Outdoor Miner’ from Chairs Missing

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Book Review: Furnace Journal

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Many thanks to Coralie Acheson for this considered and thoughtful review of From Hill to Sea in furnace: The Postgraduate Journal of the Ironbridge International Institute of Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham.

The review can be read here.

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Now playing: Joanna Brouk – Hearing Music

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Cartographies of Chance – Underneath the M90 (II)

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Found Art – I

These images were ‘found’ beneath a section of the M90 Motorway; an elevated brutalist behemoth straddling ancient agricultural land, north-east of Rosyth. The sheer mass of concrete overhead creates an almost cave like sensation when standing directly underneath. Folded into artificial darkness, violent white light spills around the concrete edifice, flooding the hinterland of perception. Looking out from the cocoon of the dark belly, steel giants stalk the landscape. Above, the dull thud-thud of unseen vehicles passing.

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Imaginary maps of this hidden microclimate are revealed in the concrete structures and the very land itself.

Compared to the verdant vegetation in the surrounding fields, the dry earth fractures into mesmerising worlds of ambiguous scale.

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Concrete surfaces leach vivid patinas of oxidising colour.

Time, heat, moisture and the elements create an ongoing cartography of chance.

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River deltas, mountain ranges, lagoons, beaches, sandbanks.

Topographies of texture and shade, revealed in light.

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Encounter with the red-billed shaman.

A gull-like creature invites us to contemplate

the white void of falling water.

Head bowed, long neck. Wise knowing eye.

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When looking up, feels like looking down.

For an instant, on the roof, a city underneath the gaze of a drone.

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Aura of the walls.

Frescoes painted by gravity.

The staining sound of concrete stigmata:

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Found Art – II

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This is not an easy place to access on foot, although it is visible from the trains that pass along the Fife Circle railway line. The concrete supports are usually covered with graffiti but some recent activity has painted over all of this with white geometric shapes. It is unclear whether this is some clean up intervention by the authorities, or a Year Zero initiative from the graffiti community themselves.

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Strangely, from across the tracks, tags still shout out for attention.

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Emerging from the darkness, maps and imaginary worlds dissolve in sunlight as we head back west.

Across the fields, the lumbering concrete, traverses north and south.

The giant steel stilt-walkers are heading east.

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The original intention was to incorporate this material into another post that is presently being written on quite a different theme. As this particular encounter was the result of a serendipitous detour we have chosen to post it separately.

An earlier post, underneath a different section of the M90, can be found here.

Now playing: Kayo Dot – Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue.

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Plastic Baubles

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Ahab’s plastic baubles

scattered in the void

bellies full but starving

no need for The Pequod

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Philip Hoare. “Whales are starving – their stomachs full of our plastic waste” The Guardian, 30th March 2016.

Now playing: John Cage – Litany for the Whale.

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Book Review / The Library of Congress

Delighted with this generous and perceptive review of  our book From Hill to Sea which appeared on Avocado Sweet this week.  Avocado Sweet is an eclectic mix of interesting articles on Art & Design, Architecture, Music, Writing & Film and much more. It is well worth signing up for their weekly newsletters.

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If on the off-chance you find yourself in Washington DC, you can find a copy of From Hill to Sea in The Library of Congress, the United States of America’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world.

We have been delighted with how far the book has travelled to date, with copies dispatched to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and many countries in Continental Europe. We are very grateful that it now also has a permanent home in The Library of Congress.

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A huge thanks to Phong Tran for facilitating this. If you want to discover all sorts of interesting music from around the globe, and his own mind-expanding musical projects, then follow Phong on twitter – @boxwalla.

Now playing The Shouts From the Sea – S/T.

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