Iain Britton, photosynthesis, 2014 – sold out


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



same dots and dashes



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



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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