Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Poets and Poems: Jessica De Guyat and “Fording the Stream”

Place has been an anchor for poets for thousands of years. It may be living in a place, leaving a place, or returning to a place, but geography exerts a strong influence on the poetic mind. British poet Jessica De Guyat is an example. She writes poems about place. 

That place may be the East Midlands in England, where she lives: it may be the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland; and it may be Lindisfarne Abbey. She walks in the footsteps of St. Columba. She spends a summer in the French Midi. She takes a country drive or spends time in an attic. She looks from her cottage window during the seasons of the year. She has an encounter with William Wordsworth in Wordsworth country. Even when she writes about the human condition or the death of loved ones, she’s centered in place. 

To continue reading, please see my poem today at Tweetspeak Poetry

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