Maria Isakova Bennett is a positive force of nature, an extraordinarily talented artist, writer, publisher of hand made books, nurturer of ideas and interests. In this recording she offers an abundance of winter in language that itself embodies the cold and is fine tuned to the music of weather.
Jane Lovell is an award-winning British poet whose work focuses on our relationship with the planet and its wildlife. Her latest collection is the prize-winning God of Lost Ways (Indigo Dreams Press). Jane also writes for Dark Mountain, Photographers Against Wildlife Crime and Elementum Journal. She lives in Kent and is Writer-in-Residence at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
Migrations of geese We watch them leave, dragging the sky like chevrons of tide around a pole, an updraft of invisible stars streaming behind them, ancient light infused with visions of their ancestors, now bone, or fragments of bone, trapped in ice: tiny flutes packed with frozen air. of whales Put your ear to the shore, your cheek against this rock; they are below you and above you. Hear them winding and unwinding their strange harmonies of waves and tides, laments woven by the sea dislocating arcs of bone. of caribou Startled, they circle downwind, tails and heads held high. Towards the lakes, paths narrow, force them to follow, mother and calf, its roaming eyes, unsteady hooves. With arrows and spears, we thrust and pierce hide. They buck and stumble, eyes roll skyward, the great heads swing and roar, stub-teeth yellow with lichen. When they fall, the hills shudder.
Rootstalk by Ella Duffy. Rootstalk is written in five voices, each of whose lives is shaped by the Ghost Orchid, one of the rarest wild orchids, which spends most of its life underground and flowers every decade or so.
Re-Dreaming Sylvia Plath as a Queen Bee by Sean Borodale. In this essay, Borodale draws connections between Plath’s Ariel poems and the bee-science of her esteemed father and beekeeper, Otto Emil Plath.
Leaves by Matthew Hollis. Thoreau wrote of fallen leaves, ‘they teach us how to die’. This long poem, seven years in the making, explores loss and grief on the one hand; and new life on the other as it examines the relationship of a father and a daughter.
Field Notes by Anna Selby. Akin to Heathcote Williams’ Whale Nation, Anna Selby’s work takes us beneath the waves with poetic studies. Written on waterproof notebooks in the Atlantic Ocean, these notes were made underwater.
About Hazel Press
In respect of the environment, Hazel Press books are made as if they could come from a garden, using vegetable-based inks, 100% UK recycled paper, printed and designed locally. All our books are climate positive. We’ve chosen the name Hazel because it is a tree that thrives in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, is one of the most successful understorey and canopy trees, and provides food; wonder and beauty through catkins, and its wood is extraordinarily adaptable.
Ermias Kifleyesus was born and raised in Ethiopia where he became an artist. The British Council saw his work when he was still a teenager and awarded him a grant in 1997 to study at City and Guilds of London Art School which was the beginning of his life in Europe. He received his MA from HISK, Ghent, NA in 2009 and currently works and lives in Belgium with his partner and two sons. Ermias works alone and in collaboration, he makes drawings, paintings, sculptures installations, films, street art, interventions and investigates relationships between individuals, ideas and cultures. He is a city person who prowls the streets and flea markets for materials and inspiration as well as working with the energy of community and politics. Ermias is a man of dignity, joy, generosity and deep thought and he has a profound respect for history and loyalty. Belgium is lucky to have Ermias Kifleyesus as one of its citizens.
Joan Edlis is a Chicago born garden designer and artist who thinks about the connections between the immateriality of sound and the materiality of the world. Her explorations include drawing, printmaking, objects, installations, video and sound. She has been awarded several residencies in places as diverse as Istanbul Budapest and the extreme west of Ireland These days Joan lives and works in Suffolk in an old pink cottage where she has created a superb garden of colour, scent and pleasures surrounded by a twelve foot high mixed hedge that is habitat for wild birds in all seasons. If you are visiting Joan it is not unusual to enjoy the swoop and cries of swifts who nest under roof tiles after looking for tadpoles in her minuscule pond while discussing the Latin names of rare plants that she has sourced and nurtured. Joan also grows impressively large pears, succulent strawberries and more. She is currently researching her cottage and village with the local history group.