Front cover of Elemental

The poems in Michael Tanner's powerful collection reveal his extensive knowledge of the natural world, in particular of the geology and ecology of his home territory. They share his genuine delight in the landscape and all creatures within it. However, informing most of his work is his understanding of the uneasy relationship between Man and Nature. A sense of menace lurks in the background, alongside a disgust for humanity’s careless attitude to Earth’s other inhabitants, expressed as “our obscene Anthropocene patch of concrete”.

Elemental launched in July 2020. You can order a copy for £8.99 (excluding postage) from this page or from Amazon

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