Reliquiae ~ Volume Three


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.


New work:

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.

Archive work:

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.