An Acre of Air

Invisible Lines is the third – and last – in our series of place-themed digital supplements. In this selection of poems and essays, Nancy Gaffield,
Mark Goodwin, Rob Hindle and Chris Jones consider the relationship between movement and mapping, and the extent to which our itineraries (whether grounded or imaginative) are informed by cartographical detail and subjective experience. The lines made by walking point forward (as in the northward trajectory of Gaffield’s Meridian), sideways (the slow-stepping rail-balancing practised by Goodwin), and back (the histories uncovered by Hindle and Jones); and, sometimes, in all directions at once. You can read and download Invisible Lines here. We’ve also gathered our earlier supplements (including Working Landscapes and Soft Borders) on a single page of this site; you can read and download them here.

Following the recent publication of This is a Picture of Wind, J.R. Carpenter discusses the development of the project in a wide-ranging interview for Justin Hopper’s Uncanny Landscapes podcast series. The conversation also touches on weather, climate change and imperialism; mapping invisible systems, and Vahni Capildeo’s poetic response to This is a Picture of Wind. You can listen to / download it here. In a short essay for the Hyperconnectivity series, Timothy Wilcox contrasts the screen-based version of This is a Picture of Wind – its generative texts echoing the data stream of a live weather update – with the ‘delayered’ and linear arrangements of the print iteration. Click here to read ‘Digital Nature’. The second in an occasional series of short films by J.R. Carpenter, drawing on This is a Picture of Wind, can be viewed below:

‘It hurt when / they first parcelled all the open ground and owned / it. And it hurts still, to find all the fields / of your heart tightened into a plastic packet.’  In April 2020, Louis & Mark Goodwin visited the site of their former family home in Bittesby, Leicestershire, its ‘ways’ now buried, the cottage and farm buildings scheduled for demolition. ‘The Flattening & Covering Wave, an April this 2020’ records and reflects on these processes of displacement, enclosure, and ‘flattening’; you can read it here‘… there is no escaping, by climbing nor walking, not by going across nor up … there is something dark laid down here … below us all …’ Leicestershire is also the setting for a second post on the Longbarrow Blog, in which Mark Goodwin takes imaginative flight to Bradgate Park, and conjures a range of ‘tiny mountains’ from this ‘bowl of embers’. Click here to read ‘Reach, a Bradgate Oddity’.

Finally, we’ve uploaded a recording of Rob Hindle introducing and reading poems from his recent Longbarrow collection The Grail Roads (recorded at the Centre for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, University of Sheffield, 1 May 2019). You can listen to it below:



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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. 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.

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