RECRAFTING THE WAY THINGS ARE


The heart has a yearning for the unknown, a longing to penetrate the deep shadow and the winding glade, where, as it seems, no human foot has been. The Hills and the Vale (Marlborough Forest) Though it started other-than-consciously when I first dreamed into Lenbach’s Shepherd Boy at the age of 10, it’s no exaggeration […]

ONWARDS! – with Richard Jefferies… (70)


In Restless Human Hearts (1875), after their trial marriage and disappointing continental trip, Neville and Georgiana are reflecting separately on the concern they feel about their future: Georgie wants the ‘transports of love’ she and Neville had at the beginning of their relationship, while Neville requires something else. “I think,” said Neville, speaking in a […]

THE EARLY NOVELS OF RICHARD JEFFERIES (70)


In depicting character Jefferies uses what TSEliot was later to describe as an ‘Objective Correlative’. The early novels deserve re-assessment. Pre-amble In Richard Jefferies: his life and his ideals (1905), writing about the novels, HSSalt (1851-1939 campaigner for social reform, animal rights, vegetarian, socialist, and pacifist, literary critic, biographer, classical scholar and naturalist) reflects that […]

HAIKU BOOK REVIEW – great book for haiku thinkers


The Wild Beyond Echoing (James Hackett’s Haiku Way) – Paul Russell Miller.  Grandad Publishing 2021 145 pages ISBN 978-1-9995931-4-8  Published Friday August 6th 2021 marking what would have been James Hackett’s 92nd birthday. £10 plus postage directly from pr.miller@live.co.uk We write haiku perhaps often by imitating what we see in print. It might be worth […]

AND THEN CONSCIOUSNESS (R18)


Having hunted through the tons of files in my computer as I sometimes do, I seem to have addressed the issue of ‘consciousness’ many times for one purpose or another. My renewed enthusiasm for pursuing the subject of ‘consciousness’ has been stimulated by finding the writing of haiku dumbed down by the popularity in some […]

MOMENTARY ENTHUSIASMS (R18)


We amble along living from day to day, whatever the circumstances, locked into the prison of a long succession of present moments which we don’t normally think about; they add up to what we have grown into the unexamined habit of calling ‘consciousness’; because we have the word we take it for granted that ‘consciousness’ […]

GO INTO THE ARTS (R15)


In this time of plague we constantly hear from the profiteering Power Possessors how everything must be done to ‘save the economy’, including opening the schools and sending children back into what could still be a dangerous environment. Though I’m fairly convinced that sending them back is probably just so their parents, instead of having […]