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'Fault line: 1) a line on a rock surface or the ground that traces a geological fault. 2) a divisive issue or difference of opinion that is likely to have serious consequences.'... Read more
'Fault line: 1) a line on a rock surface or the ground that traces a geological fault. 2) a divisive issue or difference of opinion that is likely to have serious consequences.' Poet Gerry Loose's fifth collection maps the 'fault line' dividing man from his environment, centring in this instance on the Faslane submarine base on the eastern shore of Gare Loch in Argyll and Bute, home of the UK's nuclear arsenal. The incongruity of the area's natural beauty coupled with weapons that could reduce it to dust at the push of a button has inspired a book-length poem that probes the delusions of the political and military classes. Loose explores the landscape surrounding Faslane, his hymns to its beauty only throwing into sharper focus its fragility. He describes a land poisoned by the 'deterrent' meant to protect it. In so doing, Loose has reinvented nature poetry for the 21st century, reconnecting with a radical tradition Burns, Byron and Shelley would have recognised and celebrated.
Born in 1948, Gerry Loose has lived in England, Ireland, Spain, Morocco and now Scotland. A slow-moving nomad. His work has involved poetry, agriculture and horticulture. He also designs and makes gardens. His poetry is as likely to appear in these (and ungardened landscapes) as on the page. His previous anthologies were "that person himself" (Shearsman, 2009), "Printed on Water" (Shearsman, 2007), "a measure" (Mythic House, 1996) and "The Elementary Particles" (Taranis, 1993).
Gerry Loose's fifth collection of poetry maps the "fault line" between man and his environment, and takes the area around Faslane submarine base with its nuclear weapons for his setting. Beauty, fragility, aggression and human insensitivity. This is poetry that has a great deal to say.
Anthology of poems by forty new Scottish poets. A generation of poets has emerged who have grown up in an age of change, political and technological, with the internet providing them not only with new ways of sharing writing - through their websites, podcasts, Twitter - but also in some cases with a subject too.
A fox hears voices. A dogfox of indeterminate gender careers round desert USA, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in stolen cars and on foot. A barkingdog talks out loud and sings. A demotic fox listens and listens. A coyotefox lies. A coyote speaks truth. A kitfox reads the signs and tunes the car radio. Kitsune eats and drinks.
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