From the moors of northern England to the cities of Western Europe, the poplars of the Thames to the sands of the Nevada desert, the poems in Kidland rise from ancient landscapes to confront a society in denial about its relationship with nature, memory and destiny.
On barrows and mountains, in yellow fields and green woods, Kidland offers up a radical, uncompromising vision of broken connections and darkening futures. Images, dreams and prophecies, human and inhuman, dominate the pages of Paul Kingsnorth's debut collection, finding their fullest expression in the narrative title poem, in which reason meets wildness among the dark pines of the north, and certainties are broken like empty promises.
Paul Kingsnorth has worked in an orangutan rehabilitation centre in Borneo, as a peace observer in the rebel Zapatista villages of Mexico and as an assistant lock-keeper on the river Thames. He has also worked as a journalist on the comment desk of The Independent, as commissioning editor for openDemocracy and as deputy editor of The Ecologist magazine. His poetry has been published in magazines including Envoi, Agenda, Iota, Reach, The Lighthouse, Staple and nth position. He won the Poetry Life National Competition in 1998, and was named BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year in the same year. Kidland is his first collection.