This is a Picture of Wind

It’s still raining. It has always rained. We are silt dwellers, tide chasers, puddles, floods, mud. The river runs brown topsoil down and out to sea.

Longbarrow Press is proud to announce the publication of This is a Picture of Wind, J.R. Carpenter‘s new full-length collection.

This is a Picture of Wind expands upon a series of short texts written in response to the winter storms which battered south west England in early 2014, resulting in catastrophic flooding in Somerset and the destruction of the seawall and rail line at Dawlish in Devon. Following the news in the months after these storms, writer and artist J.R. Carpenter was struck by the paradox presented by attempts to evoke through the materiality of language a force such as wind which we can only perceive indirectly through its affect. The poems that ensued are gathered in this book, accompanied by an introduction by Johanna Drucker, and a poetic afterword by Vahni Capildeo. Part poetic almanac, part private weather diary, This is a Picture of Wind attempts to call attention to climate change by picturing through variations in language the disturbances and sudden absences left in the wake of wind.

A beautifully produced small-format 128-page hardback, This is a Picture of Wind is available now from Longbarrow Press (with free delivery in the UK). You can read an extract from the book here, and order it by clicking on the relevant PayPal link below (major debit cards accepted – no PayPal account required).

This is a Picture of Wind
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J.R. Carpenter has also created a short film to mark the publication of This is a Picture of Wind, in which she reads an excerpt from the book. You can watch the film below:

Over the past few months, Longbarrow Press has developed a series of digital supplements, ranging from introductory poem-samplers to themed selections of essays (including Working Landscapes, which explores the relationship between labour and land, and Soft Borders, which focuses on the relationship between perception and place). We’ve gathered these supplements on a single page of this site; you can read and download them here.

Our hardback titles are currently post-free in the UK; click here for a full list of our current publications and to order titles.

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Force Ten

Storm force ten at the river mouth. The scale goes up to twelve. After that the sky breaks. The fir comes down and takes two eucalyptus with it.

Part poetic almanac, part private weather diary, J.R. Carpenter’s This is a Picture of Wind attempts to call attention to climate change by picturing through variations in language the disturbances and sudden absences left in the wake of wind. Longbarrow Press is delighted to announce the publication of a print iteration of this work in early June; in the meantime, we’ve created a new page on our website with some advance information about the book (which also includes an introduction by Johanna Drucker, and a poetic afterword by Vahni Capildeo). Click here for further details.

‘The parade ground is now a car park but I tell myself that I can still see the parade ground underneath. We can dream a future, we can turn to the past, we can be anywhere but the present. The things that I am after are at the far end of the store. I go through the list and find nothing that is on the list. The aisles seem tighter than before. A man inches forward, another man inches back, we make ourselves smaller to survive.’  Between 24 March and 22 April, Brian Lewis took a series of short walks in north Sheffield, delivering books and noting the impact of the COVID-19 constraints on the use and appearance of public space. The last of these daily entries are gathered as the final three instalments of ‘Lockdown Walks’ on the Longbarrow Blog. Part three (7–13 April) appears here; part four (14–18 April) appears here; and part five (19–22 April) appears here.

‘all along / I’d wanted // a distance / a distance’.  In May 2019, Nancy Gaffield and Mark Goodwin presented a unique collaborative performance at Sheaf Poetry Festival, drawing on their Longbarrow collections Meridian, Steps, and Rock as Gloss to explore themes of movement and mapping. You can now listen to the full performance via the audio player embedded below:

‘There is nothing left but land, pitted and treeless. / It ekes out into the mist…’  Our new Featured Poem is ‘Third Ypres’ by Rob Hindle (from his recent collection The Grail Roads); click here to read it.  All our hardback titles are currently post-free in the UK, and we will continue to fulfil orders while the Post Office remains open. We also offer hand delivery within Sheffield, at no extra cost (in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all orders are prepared, packaged and posted in accordance with recommended hand hygiene and other preventive measures). Click here for a full list of our current hardbacks and to order titles.

 

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