Troubador Common Wealth

Released: 28/07/2020

ISBN: 9781838594091

Format: Paperback

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Common Wealth

A Sequence


This panoramic sequence of poems traces our changing relationship over the ages to Nature, Land and the Garden and embraces contrasting but interrelated levels of domestic, political and spiritual significance. 

Starting from our ancient understanding of being woven into a World manifestly alive, it goes on to picture our loss of this sense, the rise of our Christian culture out of the ruins of Rome and its decline as our desire and capacity to dominate, control and profit from the natural world steadily increases. The Sequence also looks at paintings and drawings from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to trace the increasing pace of the enclosures of common land with its far-reaching implications for land ownership and economic practice and the challenges this continues to pose for significant numbers today for a decent and affordable place to live. 

Common Wealth also looks into the heart of how we regard and value the natural world, an issue of increasing urgency with changes in the climate bearing down. In essence, this is a wake-up call fundamentally challenging ‘business as usual’!

Extract from a recent (October) review by Lyne Wycherley in New View. For the full Review, see the current issue 97, pp 117-118:

..One of the book's gifts is its feel for displaced humanity. Donaldson's empathy is with the poor and dispossessed, and the place in our hearts, he implies, which yearns for a free-spirited relationship with Nature and a niche of land to tend; our primordial "common wealth"...
Yet just as Adam Smith- the poet reveals- was more complex and humane than the economist of Capitalism we sometimes assume him to be, so the poetry moves towards a complex but hopeful conclusion....For even amid the "asymmetries of power" that can exile us so poignantly from the land, our human yearnings "to love and be lovely" are a healing impetus to recover a true wealth: an inner unity with Nature and the land.

by Lyne Wycherley

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