Who are the fools in our world of climate change? Certainly the author, he admits, in this seriously playful, long-awaited eighth collection. Terry Gifford’s poems wryly celebrate people both joyously at home in their landscapes and slightly uneasy about what is happening around them.
The first section, ‘Flights of the Fool’, is culled from fifteen years of travels, geographical and emotional. In the second section the Fool is in his village in the mountains of Spain, trying to make sense of changing landscapes and old traditions. ‘The Guizer’ is the Fool of English tradition, seeking sustaining connections in people and places, the species and processes of the familiar everyday.