Signals from the Other
By Jennie Osborne
I first met poet Jennie Osborne on a writing course at Dartington International Music Festival in Devon, and was impressed by the musicality of her poetry and her striking collaborations with instrumentalists. Signals from the Other is her third collection. It’s a powerful, urgent book which, in her words, ‘explores our relationship with the other-than-human; animals, as individuals and species, plants and the whole planetary ecosystem, as well as our perception of the ‘something beyond’ that we call spiritual. The imminent climate and environmental catastrophe is present, explicitly or as a silent backdrop, in all these poems.’
‘Whatever time it is, is running out’. Yet these are poems which revel in life: ‘stacking logs stoking the hearth / to comfort the chased and injured thing / that curls there shivering’.
I’m very honoured to be a guest reader, along with the wonderful Penelope Shuttle, at Jennie’s online launch event on Thursday 20th October, at 7.30pm.
Cover art based on textile design by Sophia Roberts.
Published by Dempsey and Windle, October 2022, RRP £10.50
BBC Radio 3 Words and Music – Northumbria
A programme to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East. This edition includes music from Alistair Anderson, Kathryn Tickell, Sting, Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Byrd, and poetry by Anne Stevenson, Basil Bunting, Sean O’ Brien, Jake Morris-Campbell and others. My own poetry is represented by two excerpts from ‘The Sea Road’ (Two Countries, Bloodaxe Books, 2014), ‘Howick’ and ‘Lindisfarne’, read by Zoe Hakin.
In a companion Radio 3 programme, Freethinking: The Lindisfarne Gospels and New Discoveries, available HERE, Jake Morris-Campbell reads his own newly commissioned response to the Gospels. In the course of discussion he refers to my poem, ‘Durham Cathedral’ (also in Two Countries) – although he attributes it to the late Anne Stevenson. Here it is, from the Bloodaxe anthology Land of Three Rivers. (Don’t worry, Jake, I forgive you! I’m glad you like the poem. It’s never a bad thing to be confused with such a marvellous poet as Anne).