The new volume of Reliquiae celebrates visionary seeing, inner life and the hidden, through a diverse series of songs, poems, essays, stories and observations. Some fragments include:
A brightness cakes the objects of the world · When the blue of flax is over, the distant hills remember · A constant refocusing of eyes, this dizzying confluence of paths · Our hearts were drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see · Glimpses of the perfumed and enchanted twilight · Deer, wolf, boar, lynx, remembered in place-names · Quicksilver copper bronze · The Sidhe, a folk of silence, who move noiselessly, ‘like birds or hunted deer’ · A halo, as around the moon · A yellow haze along field boundaries · Memories of the ancestral dead – Pictish forebears · The surge of a wave · Teine sith, sith light · Brock, the early comer, whose praeter-human brain held the map of endless now · A protean landscape · If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows · This haunted quality of the light · Syllable seeds for the dense-flowered, the small flowered, the few-flowered, the green-flowered · The deeper the snow lies the more the wolf thrives · Aspen tree, aspen tree, shake and shiver instead of me · That sacred stone of sweet oblivion · Grey-back and grave-haunting worm · A cobweb in sunlight · A casket of dust · Furthest away, the sea · Dioramas of the moon · By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower · Our totem name: silent mountain · “We do not share animal space. We invade their territory” · As the seed is in the plant, as the shade is in the tree, as the void is in the sky, as infinite forms are in the void · On this tree is a bird: it dances in the joy of life · The unnatural silence of nature whose murmuring streams were frozen dumb · Be still, my heart, these great trees are prayers · “Oh! you foxes; because you had assumed human shape” · “If thou be my mother and thou a deer, arise ere the sun arises on thee.” · Rice-Mother, Cotton-Mother, Corn-Mother, Maize-Mother. Earth-Mother · To know a river’s character in the dark · Learn the language of the sea and of the stones.
Excerpts from Angus Carlyle’s Silent Mountain, reflecting on perception and altitude in the Picentini mountains; Thomas A Clark’s poetic meditation on the colour yellow, from gorse, pollen and saffron to the ‘yellow palace’ at the centre of the world; Ken Cockburn’s nine evocative topographical poem-miniatures; Excerpts from Gathering by Alec Finlay, a wide-ranging poetic exploration of the place-names and topography of Braemar, Scotland; Ross Hair on the visionary work of Ronald Johnson, Geoffrey Grigson and Samuel Palmer; Rob St. John on nocturnal rivers, Salmo trutta and the well-weighted line; Richard Skelton’s elegy for the badger, from his forthcoming book, ‘Beyond the Fell Wall’; Gerry Loose’s five gnomic, poetic Cantations for Endangered Species; Mark Valentine’s enigmatic found-object poem Properties; Chris Watson’s fascinating account of making field recordings of ravens in Anglesey and Northumberland, interwoven with Norse folklore.
Four esoteric poems from Æ (George William Russell); a selection of Aino folktales and myths, translated by Basil Hall Chamberlain; Alexander Carmichael on Ossian, his mother and the occult power of the Fath Fith; Thomas A. Clark’s poetic reverie on perception and memory, The Blue of Flax; Edward Clodd on Earth-Mother cults; Don Domanski’s poignant nocturne, Field Notes; a fragment from the Poetic Edda on the suffering of Yggdrasil, the ‘world tree’, translated by Olive Bray; a hermetic fragment from Goethe, translated by Hans Brückner & Richard Skelton; a selection from the mystical poetry of Kabir; three poems from Tim Lilburn’s revelatory collection, Moosewood Sandhills, along with his contemplative essay How to be Here?; E.J. Moor on the sadness of thrushes; the spiritual aphorisms of Rabindranath Tagore; some wildwood fragments from E. Tickner Edwardes; Mark Valentine’s evocative short story on the lost words, Baltersan’s Third Edition; a selection from the journals of Gilbert White; some luminous excerpts from the writing of W.B. Yeats.
Reliquiae Volume Three is published is November, but is available to pre-order now. As a thank-you, all customers who order before October 1st will receive their name printed in the journal.