1. Made of adamant, or having the qualities of adamant; incapable of being broken, dissolved or penetrated.
2. Like the diamond in hardness or lustre
3. My third poetry collection!
Welcome to the first round of celebrations of the publication of Adamantine (Red Hen/Pighog Press, Pasadena), which was published July 11th in the US/Canada and is forthcoming December 11th in the UK. Containing tributes to an international range of artists and activists, and a lyric sequence responding to my breast cancer treatment, the book honours women’s tenacity and lustre. While the book is not an eco-poetry collection, whether by serendipity or occult foresight, the image of the hourglass is a motif in the poems and cover image; and in its internationalist scope Adamantine is offered in the spirit of global solidarity that Extinction Rebellion has helped ignite this year – a grassroots uprising which may yet save us and our precious home.
After a pre-launch celebration at ONCA Gallery in Brighton July 18th, I’ll be touring North America with readings in New York City, Victoria, Vancouver, Saskatoon and Regina. Doing all that flying was not a decision I took lightly, but I’m also going over for a family reunion, and have paid my carbon offsets, so I hope all my XR mates can forgive me!
More UK events will follow in the winter and throughout 2020. For now, my diary is bustin’!