A Summoning Spell for Lost Deer: Caroline Harris

“Harris’ language walks with deer – deer who find themselves both animal and cultural artefact, free and fenced off. These elegies are as precise and ecologically-attuned as their wild subject.” (Isabel Galleymore)

An elegy for those lost through culling, hunting, injury, and roadkill, this sequence calls deer forth to escape, overrun, and make new pathways through the page. The form of this sequence borrows from the straight lines, circles, and planes of Euclidean geometry. The collaged language of Harris’ sequence becomes a herd, breaking free from the fencing of the poem.

Released 7th June 2023
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ISBN: 978-1-3999-5460-0

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Caroline Harris is a writer and artist, publisher and editor based in Bath. Previous pamphlets include SCRUB Management Handbook No.1 Mere (Singing Apple Press), Cut-out Bambi and Type Flight (Small Birds Press). Poetic artists’ books have been collected by the National Poetry Library, Bodleian Library and Bavarian State Library. Poems and articles have appeared in anthologies, magazines and journals, including Living with Other People (Corrupted Poetry), Rewilding: An Ecopoetic Anthology (Crested Tit Collective) and The Blue Notebook: Journal for Artists’ Books. Language art has been exhibited at The Plough Arts Centre, Devon and Art Park Gallery, Rhodes, among others. Caroline is a creative practice PhD researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying the poetics of deer in relation to the emerging field of Cute Studies.


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