Free Book!

Yesterday I managed to put together the new poetry anthology. It’s an overtly Bardic/Druidy bit of work, unshockingy, and it’s now on the books page as a free pdf download. If you missed the first freebie book, that’s also on there – Lost Bards and Dreamers, so do pick up both if you haven’t.

There isn’t a huge paying market for poetry. I think there may be a number of reasons for this – the book market in general isn’t thriving, and poetry was always at the quiet end anyway, until you get back to the likes of Byron and Tennyson who apparently could shift copies. I think this is a bit self perpetuating – people don’t read poetry because aside from the old classics, it mostly isn’t there to buy in the first place, it isn’t much talked about either. ‘Poetry’ so often means the scribbling of angst laden teens, or the trite rhyming glops you get in greetings cards. Neither of those tend to advertise poetry as a thing you might want to engage with. I had a lot of good feedback about the first collection, so am offering this one in the same way, as an expression of my Druidry, freely shared.

What I’m inviting you to do is to own (electronically) and read a poetry collection. For free. Just to see how you get on. I figure if more poetry gets read, then the odds of poetry becoming something people will pay money for, increases.

Beyond the Map was created over about three years of enormous upheaval in my life, as my first marriage broke down entirely, my relationship with Tom went from impossible dream to tangible reality, I returned to the landscape of my childhood… so many things changed for me. I’ve been through a total reimagining of self. Several of the journeys involved in the collection I’m going to talk about over the next couple of days, there being enough to say to make individual blog posts worthwhile.
Poetry is an amazing focus for so many things. Fiona Tinker has written a fabulous book on how to use it for pathworking. Poetry as protest, as evocation, or curse are also considerations. The poetry teacher who most influenced me, Dave Ashbee, used to say that it’s not enough to bleed onto the page, you have to scrape it up and turn it into something. Out of pain can come incredible beauty. Out of suffering comes meaning and insight, and poetry can crystallize these things into the clearest, most intense forms.

On the poetry side, I have varied influences. E e cummings and Mary Oliver, the metaphysical poets, especially George Herbert’s religious work. Blake, a whole host of strange, impressionist poets from 20th century America, read in ones and twos, startling and bright.

Cover art is the work of my lovely Tom, and represents a crane. Not so many years ago I was singing Damh the bard’s song with the chorus ‘The crane the wolf, the bear and the boar no longer dwell upon these shores…’ the boar are back, and the reintroduction of cranes has been a huge source of hope and inspiration for me. All things can change.
There’s a paper version if you do have the urge to buy a hardcopy, along with Lost Bards and Dreamers

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, polyamourous animist, ant-fash, anti-capitalist, bisexual steampunk. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

8 responses to “Free Book!

  • Symbian

    Thank You Sweet Lady ! I appreciate the freebies, … I just wish I could Support by buying some ! I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE your Naughty Stories ! I also adore your Druidry Compositions AND Blogs ! I look for them almost EVERY Day ! … You Know They Mean Sooo much to me ! ❤

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  • Andrew Smith

    Great poems, Nimue! Got any signed copies?

  • lornasmithers

    This is great news. Just ordered a copy from Lulu. I particulalry like the title, alluding to all the things that aren’t on the map, except for in hints such as ‘here be dragons…’

    I recall you mentioned Fiona Tinker’s book a while back. I bought it really excited about reading a study of how nature and the Divine moves / inspires us. As an account of her personal journey and relationship with Brigit and Aengus I think it’s an excellent read. However I think the interpretations of the poems are limited by the ascription to known folklore ie. they don’t explore other imaginative and more contemporary possibilities. Plus I’m very wary of anything that tells you to try connecting to certain deities / the divine in a specified way. So I was disappointed.

    Speaking from my own experience I think one of the problems with ‘how tos’ in Druidry is that not all authors make it clear that their way of doing things is not the only way, that their books represent individual truths that can provide insights and markers, but really it’s up to each person to find their own way. That’s why I prefer reading poetry to books about Druidry / The Bardic Tradition. A single poem can speak more than a whole chapter of ‘how to’ and cannot be mistaken for ‘truth.’

    • Nimue Brown

      It may be that I just go in assuming the whole ‘no one true way’ regardless of what other authors may say, that may be an advantage. I felt Pathworking with Poetry was an excellent door opener, the method has a lot of potential, and I onder about the idea of writing poems that function as pathworkings…. I didn’t agree with eveyrthing she said, but I suppose that doesn’t tend to bother me, which I should perhaps take more account of when reviewing…. 🙂

  • podgypixiejo

    Beautiful poems! Thanks for sharing them 🙂 x

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