There was a man who had been dead
six thousand years.
Having been dead so long
he was naturally adept.
Still, he worked at it.
Day and night perfecting death...
Falling and Listen are the first two installments in the Deadman and Hare series of illustrated poems by Mat Osmond, published here by Strandline Books as an edition of 48 for the Dark Mountain Project.
As well as including a developed version of the work that appeared in Issue 3 of the Dark Mountain Journal, these books contain more recent pieces in the Deadman and Hare series.
The books are selling as a pair for £15 (plus P&P). All proceeds go to the Dark Mountain Project. Dedications added by request.
HARE, STEALING BELOW
Turning her back to the light
hare sits in the dark and waits
inhaling dry earth.
One month elapses, then another.
Hare’s thoughts compress
thicken, adjusting to depth.
The memory of air still lingering
in her nose, in her mouth, her
eyes become opaque. A clod of dirt
with only her hands to see by
hare steals the long way down.
Swimming through coiled and
folded rock, hare slips far beneath
the teeming skin of the hill
her eyes swallowing darkness
hands lighting the way.