Lign Series / 3
120 x 190mm
‘In Hithe, Jennifer Spector is an excavator of our eco-scapes, unearthing the delicate bones of connectivity. With a naturalist’s precision, she records her studies in arresting, stunning song.’
‘These marled paeans to nature and language sculpt and bricolage bits of Old English, Scots, and Welsh with birds, river, boats, sea, mountain, and shore. They move like boats and birds, fluid and beached, wild jewels.’
(Diane P. Freedman, author of Midlife with Thoreau: Poems, Essays, Journals)
‘Jennifer Spector swims fish through the inlets of her words; flies birds in the landscapes of her poems. Bees, buds, everything is powerful and vibrant in these pages. A remarkable book.’
About the Lign Series: small format books and booklets by individual poets and writers whose work is oriented towards landscape, nature and natural philosophy.
Hithe is the debut poetry collection of Jennifer Spector. An expatriate in Panama, her writing is the distillation of decades spent intimately attentive to her environment, to the lush verdancy of that narrow isthmus between the Atlantic and Pacific. These are poems that enfold narratives of passage, guided by unusual waymarks — from half-timbered, banked canoes to the freight of the hollows, and what carries across shifting languages and bodies untethered from ground.
Hithe presents dioramas of the traversed natural and imagined worlds, where locality is rerouted, moving inwardly over a sketch of elusive lines — a lean-to by a river, a thatched roundhouse, a coracle willowed in the interval, a body losing hem as it becomes the boat. Poised at this place of edges, Spector’s writing treads the line between motion and fixity, ever circling the question of what it means to be a long time away from ‘home’.