Land Music by Ruth Bidgood
Land Music sees Ruth Bidgood writing at the top of her powers. Fluent, yet unerringly exact, always searching for new perspectives, we move with the poet from landscape to memories, each evoked with such precision that we enter them fully. This is a world in which nothing is insignificant, from the tiles of pre-Raphaelite girls by the fireside which spell 'the unpredictability / of beauty's manifestations' to the visual trick of leaves in the wind that seem to conjure a lizard on a window-pane, over in an instant so that 'Nothing was left but the possible, / believable: sense / of something withdrawn before fully seen, / a small deprivation.' Above all it is a world in which land and place are central and will persist.