Moored man : poems of north Norfolk ; watercolours and etchings by Norman Ackroyd
RA Collection: Book
London: Enitharmon Editions, 2006
63 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
"Designed at Libanus Press, Marlborough. The text is set in Collis and printed on 170 gsm Mega Matt by BAS Printers. The de luxe edition, slipcased by The Fine Bindery, consists of ninety copies and twenty-five hors commerce copies, signed by the poet and artist and numbered 1 to 90 and i to xxv. With each copy is a signed and numbered original etching by Norman Ackroyd RA, printed on Somerset 280 gsm antique rag. The regular edition consists of 1,500 hardback copies."--Colophon.
Moored man's song -- Moored man almost remembers -- Making the island -- Young woman -- Instead of a roar -- Foreigners -- Waste -- Unknowing -- Moored man's plan -- His voice -- Witness -- Ablutions -- Trickster -- The same badge -- Before the storm -- His shadow, his smile -- Searching for the stone -- Moored man's tides -- Her in him -- Ghost-light -- Quite -- Saying -- His line -- Marooned man.
Moored Man is a shape-changer, passionate and dangerous. In this powerful cycle, we see him moulding dykes, sorting gravel, infilling creeks, tricking the unwary, drowning the innocent, howling and dancing, and all the while worrying away at his own contradictory identity and relationship to human beings. This is Kevin Crossley-Holland's first new collection since "The Language of Yes" (Enitharmon Press, 1996), and it is a vivid and penetrating enquiry into the dramatic north Norfolk landscape where he now lives. Norman Ackroyd's evocative etchings and watercolours provide a haunting accompaniment to the poems in this sumptuous edition.
Bound in maroon coloured cloth. Col. ill. on dust-jacket.
Norman Ackroyd RA, illustrator