Batable ground

JEFFREY, Andrew (2017). Batable ground. Green Letters, 21 (3), 300-307.

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The poems that follow were written during and after a series of walks around the border town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed which has an architectural heritage marked by tension between England and Scotland. There is a medieval castle which changed hands fifteen times before falling into dis-use, Elizabethan Ramparts encircle the town and the Old Bridge was commissioned by James VI of Scotland whilst on the way to be crowned James I of England. These heritage features suddenly took on new significance during the Scottish Independence Referendum debate as submerged histories returned to the surface; I was in Berwick on the day voting took place, it was a quiet and misty day, the town seemed to be holding its breath. The poems are open form, composed by grid and field, making use of found texts and historical documents. They explore the entangled history of England and Scotland for those who dwell in the border.

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Page Range: 300-307
SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 10:56
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:48

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