Wonder: A Pagan’s Year (Stubborn Sod, The Headpoke And Firewedding, Our Ghost’s Holiday.) A creative exploration of sources used to create my poetry series, featuring the cracking art of Marcel Herms.

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Stubborn Sod April Wonder



This was written in response to the death of the late great Barnsley writer, Barry Hines. I attended a Barnsley Literary Society event in the Eighties where he read some of his work, before the onset of Alzheimer’s took him from us. In this tribute I turn the story of “Kes” upside down and have the bird steal the wonder of a child.

Why include it in a book of poems about pagans? Paganism to me is a constant wonder at nature, the adoration of trees and water, of living things. There are other ‘isms that come into this, but this is my broad, and perhaps crude conclusion.

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