Project Type: Publication
Author: Jack Young
Cover Photograph: Jack Young
Cover Design: Rosie Bond
Illustrations: Nadia Scola
Price: £6 + £2.00 p&p (UK)
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Through poetry, prose and intricate illustrations, Urth expands our sense of earthly solidarity and kinship, looking towards the boundless horizon of queer ecologies.
"At turns an embodied exploration of the fetid sexual mulch and a blood-filled, high frequency buzz in the ear, filled with elegant horror"
Jack had worked on the manuscript with a group of fellow poets before approaching us, so there was very little editing required. He then worked closely with Nadia to create the illustrations which compliment the narrative. We spent a great deal of time working on the layout and style of the book, from dimensions, paper stock, through to placement of all the little creatures who populate the pages!
In this scratchy, euphoric collection, bodies morph and collapse into one another. Flesh melts into soil, fungus creeps across and under the skin. The quivering, vulnerable lyric ‘I’ is unselfed again and again as desire radiates beyond its well-worn channels, finding new ecstasies in queer entanglements with mire and matter, twisting vegetal forms and entities as enticing as they are amorphous and strange. This is The Metamorphosis for an age of zero hour contracts and climate grief, where we smear our face into dirt just to feel something. But none of these encounters, these exchanges, are wasted. ‘We are seam-stitched in the seething earth.’ In Urth, every body, in joy and terror, becomes something else. In these unmakings, new mouths are opened, speaking obscure and urgent language. Each dissolution creates the possibility of becoming-with.
- Samantha Walton
Book launch was at Spike Island, Bristol on March 3rd 2022