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  • By Alison Ross
    Apr 7, 2015
    Part I of II: The Green Pulse, a book that celebrates trees in all their convoluted glory, is one of Giles' many collaborative efforts with the gifted visual artist John Lincoln. This is an ekphrastic exercise, and the idea is that the poems directly mirror the paintings, to the point that it becomes almost a symbiotic situation where neither image nor verse can have a solid solo existence. Sure, technically you could read the poems separately or view the art on its own - and each experience would be a rewarding one - but when verse and visual are taken together, the impact is doubled, or, rather, deepened. John Lincoln's paintings saturate the senses, and Giles' verse feeds back into the sensory saturation, weaving lush description with narrative imaginings. For example, in the poem, "The Corner Tree," he writes, "Here at the field's edge, the tree is dancing, full of xylem and phloem, her cleft bole glowing." Later in the poem, the narrator proclaims, "I can... More > only stand, exult, cry out at her golden vortex, as she drinks, thick as syrup, the honeycombed sun." This approach seems to mimic John Lincoln's own approach to painting the trees, for his trees are not merely representational, but, rather, have symbolic qualities that suggest something outside or beyond themselves. True, these arboreal creations are mostly recognizable as trees, but John Lincoln portrays them as wildly colorful, fantastical, and mystical creatures, with sentience, seemingly, as they appear to feel pain, joy, and the whole spectrum of emotions. See the entire review, including part II, here:< Less
  • By Diana Andrews
    Sep 22, 2014
    This collaboration between the artist John Lincoln and the poet Giles Watson is a heady sensory experience. It takes as its theme trees and woodland and immerses us in a world of leaf and branch,moss and lichens and sunlight slanting into secret groves. The effect is powerful and arresting, and although the poems can be read separately, I feel they work best, along with the haunting and luminous paintings, when they are read as a whole. To me this appears to be a meditation which will bear frequent return visits. Each time some new colour, sound, sensation is discovered, Some new meaning may be gleaned,and the place of the wildwood in the psyche becomes more deeply embedded.
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Green Pulse Publishing
August 26, 2014
Saddle-stitch Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.38 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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