42 vibrant drawings, 32 in colour and 10 in black and white, are each linked to a brief quotation and expanded by a commentary on how they came about. They are a response to a year's natural and religious seasons, like a medieval Book of Hours. But they also question our place in the universe, whether the natural world, the cosmos, human society, places that have meaning for us, or our mysterious bodies. The subject matter is extremely wide-ranging. Pigmy shrews in a compost heap, the forces pulsating through us, the vulnerability of a released victim of torture, a friend hovering between angel and constellation, a drone over a football match, ice age marks on local boulders, all feature.
This book is a really beautiful thing, not just an empty ornament, but a portable daily meditation space that invites the reader inside. The drawings are fresh, open to experience, and the quotations and comments come from such varied sources that the whole thing operates as a found poem where words and images reverberate against each other. It's a year's worth of responses to our changing and challenging world.
Gráinne Tobin, poet, author of Banjaxed, The Nervous Flyer's Companion and The Uses of Silk.
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