We are pleased to launch the first of our occasional series of essays by poets with The Wandering Mountains by the poet-critic David Wheatley. Wheatley’s lyrical observation of landscape, borders and language is dedicated to the artist/cartographer Tim Robinson, whose own work focusing on the Aran Islands and Connemara, has become seminal in the writings of place. Wheatley’s essay is set in his adopted landscape of rural Aberdeenshire, where he has arrived by way of Dublin, via England, and so one aspect of the work is focused on displacement, belonging and naming.Written during the Covid-19 lockdown, his essay also explores ideas of enclosure and isolation, what it is to be living in a place of great beauty and solitude in a time of immense disquiet.Wheatley’s text is accompanied by his own photographs of the terrain he inhabits.
Wheatley’s text is accompanied by a series of his photographs of his local terrain.
Praise for David Wheatley
“Wheatley’s is a poetry of displacement, uncertainty and sheer possibility… Stimulating, resourceful and often very funny” The Guardian
The Wandering Mountains by David Wheatley
Size: 24pp, W120 x H187mm, illustrated with black-and-white photographs. ISBN 978-1-9161971-2-1. Published July 2020
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