Swifts and Swallows’ The Elegancies of Mr Thomas Anson

a sway of bees to charm the wandering eye a gloss of white cattle pondering
feet deep in shimmering rills

Specifically commissioned by the composer Andrew Baker, Swifts and Swallows, is a poem sequence based on the life and work of Thomas Anson, (1695-1773). A hybrid poem; part realistic, part allegorical and part historical, set in Thomas’ own life time, the writing moves away from the shifting crowds of 18th century city life to the rural landscapes of Shugborough, Staffordshire.


It will be available soon through Quince Press, the small independent press of Elizabeth Jardine Godwin. I publish poetry informed by architecture, nature and landscape.  More details about how to purchase Swifts and Swallows will follow in the next few weeks.




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