The book is fast approaching completion now. It’s been pretty exhausting but I am pleased with the way it’s shaping up. The drawings are coming together and I’m beginning to think about putting some colour in the cover image. The knitting-boat was the drawing I made specifically, although seeing the layout artist Alan Morrison yesterday he suggested one of the other landscape images as a possible contender.
‘Freedom’ is much more complex – and it might work well as a cover, although it doesn’t immediately evoke the title. The poem describes the merging of ego boundaries – specifically my mother’s and my own – and the drawing is built around imagery from the poem.
Who was it stole her from the cradle under cover of dusk;
squeezed her through the gap between here and there?
to be kept under stones on lost days of Oak and Elder, Hazel and Beech.
There is a melancholy in the elemental quality of the imagery
Held by the pull of gentle hills, she resembles a slow fire
in an autumn wood, following the sound of the streams’ murmur.
But ultimately it ends on a positive note with a final resolution to find a space where it is okay just being me.
ever-inching towards the place of midnight
where, with deft hands, she will mould the spell
and become herself once more, free from promise.