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An Almost-Gone Radiance (Autumn Richardson)

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An Almost-Gone Radiance (First Hardcover Edition) (2018)
Autumn Richardson
ISBN 978-0-9934310-7-4

  • EDITION

    • 88pp
    • 130 x 200mm
    • Hardcover boards cased in mahogany cloth
    • Bronze foil sigil to front and lettering to spine
    • Pale gold endpapers
    • Tipped-in ‘prelim’ image
    • Signed and numbered
    • Edition of 144

     

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  • DESCRIPTION

    ‘there is language here older

    than human thought’
     

    Over the course of six years, Autumn Richardson has written a singularly powerful poetic sequence of great bravery and beauty, dealing as it does with the elemental questions of existence: hunger, nourishment, necessity, sacrifice. Here, within the wilderness landscapes of alpine mountains, boreal forests and limestone plateaus, where the commonplace comforts are absent, there is only the warmth of a carefully tended fire, ‘a spark beneath vastness’, and all thoughts turn to the incredible brightness of even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant life.

    In each spare line, as lean as the coyote that visits her in the night, the weight of each word is carefully considered, and the question asked – as in all meaningful journeys – shall I bring this with me? Can I afford to carry it? And so this is a sequence of sheddings – of old skins, personas, thoughts – a stripping down to the elemental, so that transformations can arise. An Almost-Gone Radiance is a vital statement of personal and esoteric philosophy for those looking for the all-but-vanished traces of wisdom, burning on the fires of our civilisation’s ruins…

  • PRAISE

    ‘Smoky with stars, the ghosts of Autumn’s words slip sweetly like shadows across her pages: flame and rain and the dusk at wait glide through her beautiful, immanent poems, her grammar candle-soft in each line. A very beautiful sign.’ (David Tibet)

     

    ‘It is as if Autumn Richardson has learned the secret incantations of ancient and elemental things, understood the languages used by wood, stone, fire. This is a spell-book drawn from the most primeval sources. Our own transient humanity is placed in a vaster context, yet through her words we also feel drawn closer to the stark, strange truths of our dark and beautiful world.’ (Mark Valentine)

    ‘With a voice that is at once meticulous and fearless, engendering both a detailed and expansive focus, her work combines intimately personal sensory perceptions with the experience of vast ranges of geological time and space, the crossing from human identity to a trans-human world-identity.’ (John Steffler)