|About the Book|
Nigel Forde is fascinated by things in the process of change: music, the momentary epiphany, the precarious balance of twilight rather than night or day. The poems, written over a period of years, meditate on memory and landscape: in the unremarkable and evanescent lives can find their greatest clarity. Two central sequences, A Map of the Territory and Touchstones, express ways of remaking memories in language. Touchstones, a Hungarian sonnet sequence, explores the creative possibilities of strict poetic forms. A Map of the Territory attempts both truth to events and to what distance has made of them. The collection maps a landscape and the mind that it has shaped.