japonisme: high wild heather

03 June 2009

high wild heather


Lost aboard the roll of Kodac-
olor that was to have super-
seded all need to remember
Somerset were: a large flock

of winter-bedcover-thick-
pelted sheep up on the moor;
a stile, a church spire,
and an excess, at Porlock,

of tenderly barbarous antique
thatch in tandem with flower-
beds, relentlessly pictur-
esque, along every sidewalk;

a millwheel; and a millbrook
running down brown as beer.
Exempt from the disaster.
however, as either too quick

or too subtle to put on rec-
ord, were these: the flutter
of, beside the brown water,
with a butterfly-like flick

of fan-wings, a bright black-
and-yellow wagtail; at Dulver-
ton on the moor, the flavor
of the hot toasted teacake

drowning in melted butter
we had along with a bus-tour-
load of old people; the driver

's way of smothering every r
in the wool of a West Countr-
y diphthong, and as a Somer-

set man, the warmth he had for
the high, wild, heather-
dank wold he drove us over.

Amy Clampitt

From The Collected Poems of
Amy Clampitt

published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Copyright © 1997.

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Blogger John hopper said...

Well I never, Exmoor is just up the road, relatively speaking, from me, and I know it well. Had holidays there both as a child and as an adult.

Brigadoon, well that's another story entirely. I haven't been there as often as I'd like. But then, it just seems to be one of those places that once you're there you just don't seem to be able to leave.

03 June, 2009 14:39  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

gosh, john-- must be on a wavelength or something! :^) did clampitt get it right, her description?

and brigadoon -- i think i might have been there since i was a child.

03 June, 2009 19:18  
Anonymous evan said...

another marvelous set of images! really like the John Graz posters...

04 June, 2009 11:41  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

me too, evan!. i've only been able to find a few of them though. :^(

06 June, 2009 22:04  

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