Falling Into Place
Published by Smith/Doorstop (The Poetry Business)
Jane Routh’s Falling into Place reflects on life enriched by the land she lives with and looks after. “I know now,” she says, “to look for the small overlooked things.”
This is a book about a small area of land and its wildlife, work and weathers over four decades. At its heart is a month by month celebration of seasonal shifts – their feel, their smell, their mood. But the writing also has a wider sweep, deftly considering the place of the individual in the evolving story of land use.
A poet’s ear, a photographer’s eye and dirt under her fingernails make for richly textured lyrical writing, full of detail and insight, precise observation and considered recollection – all so lightly managed and with lovely flashes of humour, it is completely compelling and a joy to read.
Jane Routh has lived on the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland for forty years, and has been planting trees and keeping geese for half of that. She’s published three full poetry collections with Smith/Doorstop: Circumnavigation (2002, ISBN: 9781902382432) was shortlisted for a Forward First Collection Prize; Teach Yourself Mapmaking (2006, ISBN: 9781902382807) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her most recent collection is The Gift of Boats (ISBN: 9781906613228.)