The Stubborn Forest - Paul HylandBloodaxe Books, 1994, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Gently faded at the spine.
Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Review copy slip laid in. From the cover: “Plundering the language, Paul Hyland carefully and forcefully renders experience and imagination using ‘the best trees/ for those tasks I could take on’. Rooted in English land and life, his Stubborn Forest yields a rich hoard of new poems in the gritty Anglo-Saxon tradition.
This is a strongly imaginative book. It shows a range not only of technique but also of tone, in portraits of places and people, dream poems, riddles, elegies, and enigmatic poems which-like those of Hyland’s previous book Poems of Z — speak through personae or fictional characters. Many of the poems explore particular landscapes: Dorset, South-West England, and Northumbria.”