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Beyond Stillness

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A true hymn to heaven and earth, <i>Beyond Stillness</i> is a moving, sensitive exploration of our relationship with the damaged natural world, seen up close and often in astonishing, affecting detail.

Comprising poems that express, often simultaneously, both wonder and grief, with his
trademark precision Mark Roper’s new collection observes and sketches the world around him with an enviable lightness, even as his perspective gradually widens to include memories of his upbringing, a growing awareness of his own health and mortality. Throughout, we hear the naturalist’s self-doubt (“If I could learn / to go
without saying” –‘River’) but this only brings us closer to both the human witness and to the greater subject of his fascination.
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