Lign Series / 4
120 x 190mm
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‘He is Gary Snyder's natural heir — his peripatetic poetry draws from similar spiritual wells to convey momentary awareness of human fragility.’
‘You hardly see his hands. He offers you the world.’
About the Lign Series: small format books and booklets by individual poets and writers whose work is oriented towards landscape, nature and natural philosophy.
DESCRIPTIONKerala Journal is a collection of poems inspired by forms of classical Japanese literature, especially the poetic travel diaries of Matsuo Bashō. By focusing on the small, often rhythmic events of daily life, they realize the local as the universal. They are alert to the linguistic discoveries of a poetry oriented towards perception, yet are quietly introspective. While many of the poems are condensed into just a few words, they explore a wide yet intimate world of rivers, roads, people, trees, birds, insects, plants and flowers. The changing seasons, phases of the moon and times of day are keenly felt presences. Other influences include classical Chinese poems, medieval Indian devotional and philosophical poetry, the pre-Socratic Greek philosophers, William Blake, the journals of Gilbert White and Dorothy Wordsworth, and 20th century American poets William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Rexroth, Cid Corman, Robert Lax and Lorine Niedecker.