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Interim Nation

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Interim Nation

Interim Nation

Poems by Alan M. Kent

ISBN 978 0 9935344 0 9
paperback 115 pages

“His work should be widely read...”
    Times Literary Supplement

“Kent’s verbal artillery extends over a spectacular range.”
    Western Morning News

“Even the domestic becomes political in Kent’s verse.”
    Independent

Interim Nation is Alan M. Kent’s first collection of poems since his acclaimed selected work, The Hope of Place, appeared in 2010.

Identity, language and landscape – and the poet’s hopes for an autonomous Cornwall – remain at the core of this collection; but there are also new expeditions and inventive forms here as Kent looks towards France, Brittany, New Zealand, America – even outer space – to offer an ‘interim’ picture of the poet’s spiritual journey.

Alan M. Kent was born in St Austell. He studied at the universities of Cardiff and Exeter. He is a lecturer in Literature with the Open University and Visiting Lecturer in Celtic Studies at the University of Coruña, Galicia. As well as being a poet, he is also a novelist and playwright. His latest play, National Minority, was toured by Gwary Teg Theatre in 2015. He is Series Editor of Francis Boutle Publisher’s collection of anthologies, the Lesser Used Languages of Europe, and co-editor of New Perspectives in Cornish and Celtic Studies.

Mermaid’s Purse

From this distance,
    on the tide-line,
    you could be a black, horned beetle;
    your membrane shimmering with salt,
and ready to snap those jagged jaws tight shut.

This, or a tiny fruit bat taking rest,
    woven in leather and bladderwrack,
    you are a minute Gothic structure.
    Strewn on expanse of strand,
you’ve evolved as if to creep and float at once.

Closer, and I know you
    as the clasp of the Mermaid,
    as much a part of her,
    as mirror and comb, scale and tail.
You glisten the way she did, to poor Mathey Trewella.

Black, brown, olive and yellow,
    you carry a beard of seaweed,
    or maybe even ringlets of your hair,
    gone wild and wanton in current and tides.
Now you are adrift on white sand and grey pebble.

All of this is lore though,
    carved into bench ends,
    told by men to make the world magical,
    the way humans do with everything
they do not understand, or wish not to know.

Yet you know your own poetry purse.
    You are egg capsule,
    fragile case of collagen,
    your hatchling already gone,
floating now with real beasts of the deep.
Tendrils clasp at air and nothing,
    showing that your rays are bred.
    Proteins decompose; myths deconstruct.
    Soon, on the high tide
you will be pulled back to your watery world.

Now in the dryness of my hand
    my fingers feel your knots and swirls.
    The purse carries no coins, no plunder.
    Instead, in its small nation
is broad continuity of life; embryo of us all.

 

 

 

 

 

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 21 March, 2016.
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London. The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Gallery permanent exhibition of women in medicine.

First Sunday of every month, Redruth. Shout with the Red River singers.

Second Wednesday of every month, Luxulyan. Prys Ton – Cornish Music Session.

21 August 2017, Whitby Folk Week, Southern Harvest – a concert with Derek Schofield, Nick Dow, Bryony Griffith, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham and Paul Sartin.

29–31 August 2017, East Sussex. Pyba at Herstmonceaux Medieval Festival.

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2 September 2017 to 6 January 2018, Southampton. Exhibition – From Mile End to Mayfair: The East London Group & their contemporaries.

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6 October 2017, Aldeburgh. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Commemoration Weekend with talks, a play, music and the unveiling of a plaque.

20 October 2017, Penryn, Cornwall. Cornish songs from the Red River Singers at the National Dialect Festival 2017.

20–22 October 2017, Penryn, Cornwall. National Dialect Festival 2017.

2 November 2017, St Columb Major, Cornwall. Hark! A talk about Cornish carols by Sally Burley and Hilary Coleman.

26 November 2017, Heartlands, Cornwall. Red River Singers at the Weekend Market.

14 December 2017, Bodmin, Cornwall. Shout at Picrous Night.

22 December 2017, St Day, Cornwall. Carols with the red River Singers and the Carharrack & St Day Silver Band.

24 December 2017, Tregajorran, Cornwall. Christmas Eve carols in the Square.