A new poem, written since moving back to England. My themes are altered & I am now beginning to find my stride with them, especially owing to my access to books being greatly improved; having a marked effect on my perceptions. I apologize for my tardiness, I read with gusto, insatiably; finding little time for much else, even submissions, blog posts etc. I have an unconditional offer for a place on the MA in English Literary Studies at the university of Exeter. Therefore, in anticipation I am reading a lot of Speculative Realism & Object Oriented Ontology (Graham Harman & Timothy Morton) as well as their usage in ecological studies. I am thinking of pursuing environmental studies in literature & these philosophies feel the right zone to be dabbling in to write something on eco-poetry, such as that of John Wedgewood Clarke, especially his book Landfill. However, I need to improve my breadth of reading in these areas so when it comes to begin my studies I’ll be ready. Give me some more time to ruminate & I foresee the formulation of something more than this brief aside. I hope you enjoy the poem, I think I am still there.

The daily orbit, the quarry-lake peripheral,
its wrinkled skin, dark & worrisome
—a skull with all its fuel scooped out.
DANGER DO NOT ENTER sign left up,
no longer meaning what it had to mean
when it deterred heroic youth with myth.
I took a northerly path, a colonnade of pines;
on my right, mature, my left, adolescent, barbed-off
with rusted razor-wire, the reformed quarry
now banked into a sea of knee-high grass,
pampas & soft mud rimming the lake.
At the rise of the path, I turned back
& unexpectedly, there was another weather system
: pristine skies, to my dim covering gloom.
A mountain—terrain laddering from grassland
into granite until an immutable taper of snow
couched under membranous cloud.
Fields of panicles in luminous rows.
Moving toward was moving against this portal, super-imposing
—confounding the expectations of my cortex.
I know the place, it’s on the tip of my tongue.
My struggle for recall, similar to my struggle
to hear the voices of dead relatives.
My exodus to southern climes no longer barred
by the blubbering wind, the uddery swell of furze spines;
nah… it’s this phantasmagoria now.
I’ll never travel anywhere again trapped
in this limbo between here & then.
Posted by:DPM

DPM is an idea-logue (sic) and object-oriented speculative realist, attempting to be response-able in an irresponse-able society.

14 thoughts on “Superimpose

  1. A good read, this poem, Daniel. I can see the quarry, follow the steps in your thinking – and I enjoyed the sound of the lines too.

    1. Much obliged John. I am having this sensation of being super-imposed over & of super-imposing quite frequently & it is enjoyable, if a little odd.
      Thanks for reading.

  2. England seems to have so much geological diversity compared to the US. Here we travel miles, even hundreds, to see the landscape change the way you described here. Very good.

    1. Well it should be remarked that here a faraway landscape is being superimposed from my memory. England is actually quite continuous: endless fields, farms, forest.

  3. Love this – especially the last stanza – the potency of your images, the rich reach of your words!

  4. it’s a beautiful ethereal poem, you would have never seen this land the way you do now if you hadn’t been away for a long time….changing weather systems and hidden quarries….surely, this is Black Country! great photo- where di you find it?

  5. wanted to add, all the best on the MA – I find the idea of environmental poetry intriguing, will def keep following your journey!

      1. sounds good – the thought of August as opposed to this weather we’re having! my daughter doing a camping trip with the school sometimes in Cannock Chase this summer.

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