Lines of Landscape in The Journal of Wild Culture

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The Southbank Undercroft. Photo by Emma Bell and courtesy of the Journal of Wild Culture.

I’m pleased to share this essay I wrote about Southbank, skateboarding, and growing up in the backwaters of Buckinghamshire.

View the essay here.

The Journal of Wild Culture is “An exploration of the spaces between”, and I heartily recommend browsing ths site.

 

A big thank you to Whitney Smith for editorial assistance. Also to Emma Bell for the images of Southbank.

Materials

After K.J.

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What are these Materials of which she speaks?
Something about a line
My eyes follow the words but I don’t read
The siren of an ambulance
Too loud for thoughts
But there was a line

Perhaps it was the trace
Was she talking about a trace?
The oscillating siren creates a line
A loose, wobbly line that my ears follow

I glance up for a second but soon go back to read
The poem was surely mean to be read
In the Highlands or on
A remote coast
Not in the noise of a south-England city

What if I found a
Quiet place to read it?
Would I better take in its story
Or would ‘line’ jump out at me again
Sound line of a bird
Water line of a river