Shifts In Undreamt Time
Shifts in Undreamt Time, illus. Allen Fisher. London: Talus Editions, 1989.
This was the first presentation of my poetry with work by Allen Fisher whose paintings done for this volume are reproduced in the book. Advances in technology meant that for a low cost short run books could now look as good as commercially produced work.
There are three long homage poems in this volume: the first to Passolini, the second to Delius and the third to Sir Michael Tippet.
I have reproduced here only one small extract from section three of Homage to Sir Michael Tippet.
..and maybe it was death but it was not jungle for the unknown land is not space but searching and speechless before the birth of another earth obliges tends to creation unfixed broken so there is neither up nor down nor north nor south except inscribed and maps are the jackals of discovery so Darwin read Malthus for amusement from an invalid chair in a room facing North in Kent yet he said death was prompt as if it sped to any midsummerâ€™s Lost Paradise or sang on a bankâ€™s wild time that the soul is the law of form a lease taken on existence tangled dependent on a web spun without fate clarifying to the great how the blind worm turned earth for the musk-rose for men and women are apart from their lying banishing the shadow of sex with a touch and Janacek played the organ at Mendelâ€™s funeral and Bronowski thought he was going up but the plane crashed when he went looking for origins in Omo, East Africa so he fell back on principles intelligence sounder than reflex as it stutters in the face of things