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He has gone down into darkness at the wrecked end of the year And is lying, gaberlunzie, in the needled nest of frost.
about the poem
Gerry Cambridge says, ‘’Processional’ on one level might be understood as an elegy for the Green Man. I had recently re-read Gawain and the Green Knight when I was working on it. Green Man and Green Knight became conflated in my mind. As they’re emblematic of renewal and rebirth in the natural world, any elegy in this context is a celebration, however frail, of light’s return. A 'gaberlunzie' is a kind of Scottish wandering tramp, slightly romanticised.’
Image: Frost by florathexplora via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence
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On Wednesday 14, 6pm, we're delighted to host the HappenStance Winterfest, a FREE event. You can expect confabulation, comedy, celebration and CAKE. On the menu: some thoughts On The Making Of A Little Magazine from Dark Horse editor Gerry Cambridge; Unsuitable Poems from Helena Nelson; and, for dessert, Andrew Sclater’s delicious debut, Dinner at the Blaw-Baxters.
Gerry Cambridge is a poet, essayist, editor and sometime-harmonica player with substantial interest in print design and typography as well as a background in natural history photography. His publications include seven poetry collections and several poetry collaborations with schools. The long poem pamphlet ‘blue sky, green grass’ won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award in 2004. Since 1994 Cambridge has edited and published The Dark Horse, a transatlantic poetry magazine with an international reputation.