Iain Britton, photosynthesis, 2014 – sold out

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Photosynthesis is a journey, a culmination of a mood sequence, exploring aspects of survival, renewal, through the many personalities our psychologies have to deal with when looking at ourselves. The reader might/could interpret this exploration quite differently. The poems, I would hope, will stand alone, beyond the poet’s orbit and take on lives of their own. The acceptance of their imagery is essential to their existence and the poems should be interpreted according to how the readers receive and permit the images and their juxtapositions to infiltrate their consciousness. Photosynthesis is a very individual attempt to see the world from the other side of one’s self.

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Iain Britton, photosynthesis, Kilmog Press, 2014, automotive upholstery, cloth and vinyl hardcover, 92 pages, edition of 40 numbered copies, $35.00

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Iain Britton was born and educated in Palmerston North, New Zealand.  He spent many years living and teaching in London and Bournemouth and now teaches Maori Studies at an independent boys school in Auckland.  Since 2008 he has published four collections of poems: Hauled Head First into a Leviathan, Cinnamon Press (nominated for Best First Collection category in the Forward Poetry Prizes (2008)); Liquefaction, Interactive Press; Cravings, Oystercatcher Press and Punctured Experimental, Kilmog Press.

Photosynthesis is his latest collection.

His poetry has been published in the UK and internationally in magazines such as Agenda, Ambit, Stand, The Warwick Review, Wolf Magazine, Wasafiri, The Argotist, Harvard Review, Horizon Review, BlazeVOX, Drunken Boat, Pool Poetry Journal, Evergreen Review, The Black Herald Literary Magazine and POEM Magazine.

A link to Iain’s website thepsychologyofariver.blogspot.co.nz/

“Iain Britton’s poems are strange attractors, exhilarating, resistant, challenging, taking you from the unexpected to the unexpectable. They are transformational, they locate the uncanny within the quotidian; space/time travellers made out of sight and of sound, breath and memory, with the chant of the oceanic persistent beneath their curious rhythms.”

Martin Edmond, 2014

from Photosynthesis,

the appointment 

 

same facial characteristics

hair colouring

skin

 

same dots and dashes

contours

 

she stands in a fluorescent pool /

 

i’ve been asked

 

to be kind to her

 

show respect

 

lead her up the flavoured path

 

to the man calling for his bread and butter

 

she speaks her mind

 

writes left-handed

 

speaks clearly / interprets the flight of a moth

the night signals of a frog /

 

she hitches a ride inside my head

digs for nutrients / taps a baptismal network

 

she writes what i speak

 

##

 

the streetlight’s diaphanous veil

 

trails after her

 

she glosses into several parts

 

all the same

 

all identical

 

all walking out of herself

 

the rapid-fire births of some sleight of hand

 

##

 

she witnesses the hillocks

the mounds

the sarcophagi of mushrooms

 

bursting /           air molecules bursting

 

conurbations making tracks in dust

 

planets

poking through white holes / the sun

 

spitting out a mass of light years

 

i remind her

 

of the man’s idiosyncrasies

 

how she’s expected to cut her bread

how he lives amongst shelves /

jars / plastic tubes

 

and every morning

ripe haloes

are fed to his children

 

##

 

she writes what he speaks

 

and i remember first impressions

 

the engraved anxieties

 

of being up close / i remember

 

yesterday’s aborted experiment

of one to one

 

of contact under the trees

 

choosing the right answers

 

the words

 

to fill a mouth

 

a gateway

 

the centreless gulf between individuals

##

she interprets /             a fragile

quick fix

 

she demands her piece of me

 

but i am deaf to the sky’s pewtered rumblings

the garden’s stand-over tactics

 

children burrowing through fallen fruit

 

i am deaf to her hands

 

talking fiercely in mine

 

copyright, Iain Britton, 2014

Some recent short works of Iain’s can be found here http://fortnightlyreview.co.uk/2014/03/special-effects/

 

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