Release date: 3rd September 2024
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About the Book:
In soft meteorites Nathan Shepherdson has installed a type of two-way valve that attaches the page to the flesh. Moments are emptied of words then refilled with fresh observations. The pulse quietly excludes standard angles for a free-form geometry that collects spiralling perspectives. He sings inside the silence he listens to. Meditations are a material. Sometimes lean and elegant, almost emaciated. At other times the complexities compound themselves under lingua-thermal pressure, moving very fast, jumping ship like a sailor who doesn’t even know if the ocean is still there. Wry smiles are laid out like the silver-plated cake forks inherited from your grandmother, tattered velvet a warm home for memories used only on special occasions. Memory and Memoriam are primary yet differentiated blocks by which Shepherdson’s body is drawn but not yet quartered. Elastic hands reach into holes that aren’t there to find the ones that are.
The counterbalance is in the mood and gestures Shepherdson creates, which invite and repel the chaos which parades unnoticed in its endless supply of costumes. The question mark, inverted, bristles added to its profiled dome sweeps it all away with thinking. Falling is the secondary purpose of any cliff small or large. Micro-shadows from dust disturbed form answers and shapes for capture and translation before they again settle into nothing.
About the Author:
Nathan Shepherdson is the author of eight books of poetry. He has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, and the Mary Gilmore Award. He is a sometime collaborator with artists and poets including Pascalle Burton, Sandra Selig, Jonathan McBurnie, and Alun Leach-Jones.
Cover artwork: Marian Drew, Everything was more vivid, 2023