Sampo: Heading Further North
Published by Red Squirrel Press
These poems examine the question of what it means to be an artist, how to confront and come to terms with loss of love and life, how modern ideas of masculinity are reinforced or challenged through the myths, the relationship between humanity and mineral resources such as iron in shamanic and secular cultures, and the price we pay for their use.
The work has come from an ongoing exchange project with Finnish poets spanning more than a decade. The Myth of The Sampo (the undefinable magical object created by the primal smith) allowed these two poets to undertake a quest to find a healing magic through verse.