Launch of Gerry Loose’s fault line, 24 September, Waterstone’s Glasgow

faultline by gerry looseLaunch of Gerry Loose’s fault line

24 September, 2014 – 6.30 p.m.

Waterstone’s Bookshop, Argyle Street Glasgow

Robert Macfarlane says of this work:

“fault line is a very special piece of work. It feels as if this is a book born of a decade or more’s looking and watching (surveillance). I relish the form: field-note, jotting, face-off, counter-movement. There’s movement across the sequence, but no neat arc, and somehow over 100 pages there’s no sense of repetition in the sense of stagnation, though of course the whole is bound and patterned by its recurrences – the white hart, the wild-flowers, the subs. Words flit and slide, ‘fault’ is not pure division but a kind of friction and slippage that is productive of vision as well as signalling separation and mutual harm. The atomic dark-stars of the submarines versus but also because of the glowing white deer. It’s a poem – poems – of menace and mixture and anger, that finds its way into the immense complexities of contemporary ‘nature’, recording the beauties born of collision, while also keeping room for ‘old aesthetics’. I heard shades of Buile Suibhne, hints of Mercian Hymns, though it is of course its own thing also. And there, too, were glimpses of domestic life lived on amid all this: kindling split, beans shelled, sights seen – the registration of ‘enduring beauty’ hard up against ‘danger of death’.

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