ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: July 2, 2018
By (author) Gerry Loose
Combining pressing geopolitical urgency with a subtle and gentlelyricism, as we have come to expect from Gerry Loose, his new bookranges wide, broad and deep, to settle back home in the Scotlandre-inhabited by Sweeney the king, deranged and fleeing humanity, and alilting nine day walk from coast to coast across Scotland’s heartland.With narratives from Nuremberg, which contrast city and individualcitizens with its long and terrible past, and then stories of an islandlife – not as insular as might be imagined – in a Finland where anythingor nothing may happen, with or without a Luger pistol, this book has aquiet insistence on personal experience.A unique take on the naming of endangered species here could be seen asa metaphor for what the ordinary people in these pages – and theirwould-be leaders – might in turn become.Expressive, formally inventive, Loose’s seventh full collection nightexposures lives right into its title: shining light into murky andoverlooked corners which some might wish to be kept in the dark.
Born in 1948, Gerry Loose and has lived in England, Ireland, Spain, Morocco (briefly) and now Scotland. A slow-moving nomad, he is poet, writer and land artist who works primarily with subjects from the natural world, as well as the world of geo-politics. His poems and texts are as often found in built and natural settings as on the page. He also designs and makes gardens. His poetry is as likely to appear in these (and ungardened landscapes) as on the page. Among his most recent publications are Printed on Water, New and Selected Poems (Shearsman Books) and that person himself. Vagabond voices published his fault line in 2014). His awards include: Creative Scotland Award, Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship, Kooneen Saatioe Award, and Hermann Kesten Award.