Love and the Sea
The British Isles are surrounded by the sea and for those living near the coast, their lives are shaped and often governed by it. Even for those residing inland and who only occasionally visit the coastline and seaside, the sea surely impinges on their collective consciousness, feelings and emotions. In this book, the author reflects on the dynamics of the sea, and our response to its majesty, mystery and power. In addition, he writes about a range of other topics, and probes many issues, from being grounded at an international airport to the death of a tiny Pygmy Shrew. Hence, in this largely philosophical collection, there is much for everyone to ponder and hopefully enjoy, a miscellany of ideas and observations, many of which impinge on us, knowingly or unknowingly, at some time or other in our busy lives.
The cover painting is by Isla Woiwod.
Author: Hugh David Loxdale
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: December 2010
Format and Pages: Paperback, 100pp
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Reviews and readers' comments
‘Fully imagined and precisely rendered storytelling about creatures (including humans) in the natural world can lead readers to the once commonplace but now rarer pleasures of inhabiting what we can call “the ecological imagination”, a sense that we are irrevocably wedded to “natural” processes, that we are participants in a system of energies that we call “sacred” because we are part of it, where we feel whole and intuit that we are part of holiness’, writes American poet William Kittredge. This description of “the ecological imagination” graphically fits the poetry of Hugh Loxdale, entomologist and acute observer of the natural world. Ranging over a wide terrain of ‘creatures (including humans) in the natural world ‘ (butterflies, daisies, dinosaurs, a beached whale, spiders, a pygmy shrew, skylarks, squirrels, robins, ducks, blackbirds, swifts, wasps) his poems are set in several countries – rural Britain, Bavaria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Australia. They deal with subjects as varied as landscapes, dreams, music, and relationships; in the poet’s own words, he is inspired by ‘visions of nature – the sea, the sky, the landscape, but also by other influences … including love, that ever-indefinable force’. Moving between nature history and memory, and affirming the splendours of our ecosphere at a time of global ecological crisis, these poems are a moving celebration of human and non-human life. -
Gail Fincham, Emeritus Professor, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Cape Town, South Africa
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