Reliquiae Volume Two (2014)
A collection of poetic aphorisms from the island of Colonsay by Thomas A Clark; the transcription of a lecture on poetry, sacredness, and ‘how each thing holds a mystery’ by Don Domanski; a poetic account of the plunder of the forest of Andredsweld by Michael Drayton; a paean to the oak and the insects it supports by Leo Grindon; the beautiful botanical illustrations of Richard G. Hatton; some fragments on ‘the law of the oak leaf’ and the maiming of trees from Gerard Manley Hopkins; a contemplation of the ‘mound[s] of the ancient dead’ by W.H. Hudson; an excerpt from the seminal poem of the English landscape, The Book of the Green Man by Ronald Johnson; an account of ‘green children’ by Thomas Keightley; a description of the woodsmen’s ‘murder’ of magnificent oaks by Mary Russell Mitford; a collection of Chippewa plant remedies as documented by Albert B. Reagan; an essay on wolves and the sentiment of affection by Charles Hamilton Smith; a strange and beautiful exploration of the English folkloric archetype, ‘Lob’, a visionary ‘leaving’ of London, and an elegy for the badger, ‘that most ancient Briton of English beasts’ by Edward Thomas; a reflection on nature and art by H.D. Thoreau; an account of the destruction of the ‘Raven-Tree’ by Gilbert White; a discussion of the ‘Celtic element’ in literature by W.B. Yeats; a transcription of an Algonquin story of how the coyote obtained fire from the centre of the earth by Egerton Ryerson Young.
pgs. 83 & 86: for marigolds read mangolds.
pg. 89: for stouts read stoats.