Peter Larkin: Leaves of Field
Published September 2006
Paperback, 116pp, 8x5ins, £8.95 / $15
Leaves of Field contains three long sequences: the title poem, plus 'Open Woods' and 'Moving Woods', which together represent Peter Larkin's most recent forays into the eco-poetic field that he has made very much his own. This is a poetry that is both radical and luminous, blending scientific discourse with more expected poetic approaches. To write about nature in the contemporary world it is no longer possible to admire it from afar. In these poems nature is examined at an almost microscopic level, seen from within.
'Peter Larkin advances his poetry with such meticulous care, and such scholarly
tenderness, that it's a constantly recharging shock for the reader to experience
the strange, radical exhilaration that arises from the movements of his work.
The devotional quality of Larkin's penetrating attention to the rural scene
is striking enough; but it's from the sensational affection of attentiveness
itself, the visceral intellection of the reading relationship at large, that
his writing derives its special intricacy and candour. Sheer, sometimes daunting,
but always overwhelmingly attractive and vividly faithful, Peter Larkin's
poetry is, above all, quick enough to register in high definition the complex
promise of the on-rushing world.'
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