Richard Osmond's debut collection Useful Verses follows in the tradition of the best nature writing, being as much about the human world as the natural, the present as the past: Osmond, a professional forager, has a deep knowledge of flora and fauna as they appear in both natural and human history, as they are depicted in both folklore and herbal - but he views them through a wholly contemporary lens. Chamomile is discussed through quantum physics, ants through social media, wood sorrel through online gambling, and mugwort through a traffic cone. In each case, Osmond offers an arresting and new perspective, and makes that hidden world that lives and breathes beside us vividly part of our own.
Useful Verses is a remarkable first collection: great precision of language married to a uniquely informed and focused view of the natural world. -- William Boyd
Publication date: 23/03/2017
|Publication date:||23rd March 2017|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Poetry,|
|Categories:||Poetry by individual poets,|
Richard Osmond was born in 1987. He works as a wild-food forager, searching for plants, fruits and fungi among the forests and hedgerows of Hertfordshire. He received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2017.More About Richard Osmond