Thursday, April 14, 2011

EDINBURGH: The Great Divorce! The Poetry of Radical Disconnection with Paul Kingsnorth

Friday, 29th April, 2011, 6.30pm, FREE
Word Power Books     
43-45 West Nicolson Street
The Great Divorce! The Poetry of Radical Disconnection with Paul Kingsnorth, author of Kidland , in Edinburgh, Scotland

All Welcome!

'There's a plainness of speech here, a seriousness, a raw first-handedness in intent, that insists on the conclusion that this particular gazer had to grind his crystal ball himself.' - Mario Petrucci on Kidland

Paul Kingsnorth's new book, Kidland, is a collection of poetry about ravens, pine forests, horned gods, English mythology, the end of the world, trees, rape, death, whisky and the Nevada desert.

On the day that Britain loses itself in a beatific, plastic celebration of a Royal Wedding, we offer up a poetry of radical divorce; tales from a society legally separated from nature, memory and destiny. A caustic paean to the human empire, seen from the inside, the poems in Kidland rise from ancient landscapes to confront On barrows and mountains, in yellow fields and green woods, Kidland offers up a radical, uncompromising vision of broken connections and darkening futures.

Tracing its influences back to the early Wordsworth via - among others - Robinson Jeffers, Mary Oliver, W. S. Merwin, Edward Thomas and R. S. Thomas, Kidland is Paul Kingsnorth's first collection of poetry. Paul will be reading from the collection and talking about the poetry of place, land and radical ecology.

Paul Kingsnorth is the author of two non-fiction books - One No, Many Yeses and Real England - and co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project (

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