Wood Circle by John Wilkinson (The Last Books)

Tears in the Fence

This is a book, I might say, that is both challenging and highly accomplished. Wilkinson gives few concessions to the wavering reader without compromise. To take the opening poem, ‘Download’, this starts out,-

Unruffled by the breeze, water holds steady state.

It must soon be shook, which mind is

shattering from black, white and brown,

into a leaf-fall flurry, green, red and gold:

yes, in time, understood(‘Download’ p9)

Plainly, syntactically and semantically there is a lot going on here, and the phrasing is edifyingly rich even where it might be elusive. The first person is missing, we have the ‘it’ of water, but also the veiled omission of a prospective third person who will ‘shake the water’, presumably. The ‘mind’ mentioned initially plainly retains to the water also, but can be picked up. The understood in time notation seems quite apt, this is the kind of writing that…

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