Wombwell Rainbow A Growing Into Book Reviews: “Quest for Ions” By Browzan. To be added to.

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Christopher Brown

Born in 1988 in Brighton, artist, film-maker and poet, lives in Hove, East Sussex. His work examines the nonlinear nature of time, aesthetic beauty, psychology, ontology and memory. Often avant-garde and experimental in its approach but unlimited in its expression. Brown covers video, film, photography, poetry, performance and installation. In 2018, Brown was invited to the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, to showcase his work. ‘Body’ was nominated for an art prize in Cologne and licensed to the MACRO Museum. Founder of Browzan Ltd, a London based production company – a close collaborator with Saatchi & Saatchi et al. He often works under the moniker: Browzan. To hear him reading from Quest for Ions click here. To buy a copy of at a reduced price click here. 

A promotional film for “Quest for Ions” :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5soYjrMWl8 

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Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/quest-for-ions-2021/browzan/browzan/9781527296381

The Review

Quest for Ions from preface browzan

from “Preface by Christopher Brown“.

Thus from the very beginning he sets out how we must see this collection. Ten years in the making the book explores what it means to be an artist. Often, he enjoys yoking together opposites in a phrase

“The peace that never/Stays./Conflicted, in harmony/My bones are kind.” from Hometown Visitation.

“But let us preserve the unknown,/The fabric of a complex anomaly” from “The Spirit

He extols ancestry: “Even if a strong wind hits you, though it may throw/you down, break you, if you have strong roots/- and your family roots are the strongest -/perhaps there is no wind that can take you/away from where you are.” From “Radici”

A highly recommended read.

The best books I read in 2021


Fiction:The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Nonfiction:Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez, Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght, Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

Poetry:A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib

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Overdue Book Review #2: Mennonite Daughter By Marian Longenecker Beaman

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

Overdue Book Review #2: Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl by Marian Longenecker Beaman

Readers of my blog will recognize the name Marian Beaman from the comments. She comments on nearly every post I write, and she was one of my first followers. Full disclosure—we have met in person back in the before time when people actually did meet in person.

Visiting a friend in Chincoteague

She was working on her memoir at that time. I think I remember a discussion about the red shoes then. You can see the shoes in the delightful cover photo. Indeed, the book is beautiful, and it is filled with lovely family photos, as well as illustrations created by Marian’s husband, Cliff Beaman.

Mennonite Daughter is a memoir that covers the early years of Marian’s life up to her marriage to Cliff. It covers the conflict she had with living within the…

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2021 – My Year in Review- Best Books, Best People, Best Moments, Best Foot Forward

Wendy Pratt

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A Round Up of 2021

How is it almost New Year’s Eve 2021? This year seems to have zipped by in a flash. For once, it genuinely feels like I have made real, solid progress towards my big life goals. Buckle up for my yearly rambling round up.

Health and Wellbeing

Mainly, the year has been about dealing with the emotional fall out from Chris’s stroke. For many reasons, recovery for Chris has been easier than acceptance of the future as someone who has had a stroke. What do I mean by that? Chris is a very positive person, very stoic. Chris is also very goal motivated, he was very fit before the stroke and when he came home from hospital in July last year, he set himself a series of goals to get him back to health, back to the gym, back to…

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Overdue Book Review #1: Elizabeth Gauffreau, Grief Songs

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance

Elizabeth Gauffeau’s Grief Songs is a short book that leaves a long, lingering presence. The book is a collection of personal photographs paired with mostly tanka poems. (A tanka is a 5-line poem typically written as syllabic lines of 5-7-5-7-7). This means that each poem is a sharp distillation of a moment, an event, or even the history of a relationship between parents, between her and her parents, or between her and her brother.

Because the poems are brief, the book can be read very quickly. However, a reader who lingers over words and photos will be rewarded. The poems and the feelings behind them grow with repeated readings. I must say that sometimes I was left wondering what happened. This is not a criticism of the poems, but rather, my own curiosity about people. “Youth Group Picnic,” for example, gives us a…

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In celebration of fifty years since John Berger’s “Ways Of Seeing” was broadcast in January 1972, I welcome you writers and artworkers to join me in a week long look at what he had to say, and how we might ekphrastically comment on the artworks he looked at, particularly painting and photography. It would be ideal if you could read the book beforehand, but not necessary. The challenge will run from January 9th-15th, and use the artworks he used as a prompt for each day. The first day features Magritte’s “The Key Of Dreams”. See below.

WOS front coverWos first page, John Berger

The Night We Were Dylan Thomas by Mara Bergman (Arc Publications)

Tears in the Fence

The opening poem of Mara Bergman’s well-structured second full collection looks back to her first, with that book’s many pieces about or inspired by museums, galleries, photography and childhood. Subsequently, though, it stays largely with personal events, first in New York (city, upstate and Long Island) and then in England, with visits and phone-calls keeping the poet in contact with her mother back in the US. We witness her mother’s increasing infirmity, her move to a home, and her death and its psychological aftermath. The mood eases with holidays (Greece, Andorra, Norfolk) and day-to-day life in Kent, before it reprises the theme of infirmity, now in the poet’s own body. There are several poems, smiling through the pain, about how an injured body-part can make itself a constant focus of attention. This time, however, there’s a reasonably happy conclusion as the injury recedes but leaves as a psychic residue the…

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Wombwell Rainbow Ongoing Book Interview: “Spoil” by Morag Smith. Question 7.

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-Morag Smith

is a Cornish poet, painter, writer, and performer. She graduated in 2020 with a first in Creative Writing from Falmouth University, winning a prize for her dissertation. In 2018 she won the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival, Shorelines competition. Her pamphlet, Spoil, was published by Broken Sleep Books in October 2021. Her poetry is published in various literary journals including International Times, as well as the eco-anthology, Warming! As a New Traveller she brought her children up close to nature, in trucks, caravans, and houses. She writes about her experiences, about our ravaged landscape, and bears witness to the poverty of British people. At the moment she is publishing a book of poetry about plastic pollution in our oceans, a collaboration with artist Jasmine Davies, and the Clean Ocean Sailing charity.

The Interview

Q.7: Once they have read the book what do you hope the reader will leave with?

There is so much misunderstanding and derogatory media rhetoric concerning New Travellers, an almost entirely negatively biased reportage. In my experience this is unfounded and New Travellers are for the most part environmentally minded, anti-capitalist, humanitarians. By bringing the reader into my world for a while, I hope to demystify the culture, building bridges that enable house dwellers to approach with a more open mind. That the reader might understand better the practical, ecological choices that are made because one lives close to the earth, identifying with the pain she suffers as a result of human abuse and complacency. In Spoil I empathise with the post-mining landscape and the damaged earth, I want the reader to leave feeling that relationship within their own body. I want them to feel more open hearted and responsible towards Travellers and the planet.