Indifferent Cresses by Holly Corfield Carr
This limited-edition pamphlet by Holly Corfield Carr was produced by the National Trust, tying in with the poet's work at Tyntesfield.
Written in the woods in the weeks leading up to Midsummer’s Day, Holly Corfield Carr’s book of pressings, poems and pockets takes its title from Hannah More’s complaint that women’s writing has long been dismissed as unwitting, the product of overnight accident or someone else’s good gardening and garnering as much praise as a salad. This is a book of undergrowth, in all senses. Commissioned in partnership with Trust New Art as part of the National Trust’s Women and Power programme, this bright and strange herbarium of various ‘cresses’ - from the Hairy Bittercress to the haunting scream of the Wood Ear - records all the brilliance and violence of spring, inviting the reader to add to the compost and make the book their own.
Holly Corfield Carr is a poet based in Bristol. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and won the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015. Her site-specific work has been commissioned for museums and galleries across the UK as well as for an orchard, an eighteenth-century crystal grotto and a passenger ferry called Matilda. She has performed her work on BBC Radio 4 and at the Royal Albert Hall for the Proms on BBC Radio 3. Before her residency at Tyntesfield, Holly worked as poet-in-residence for the Wordsworth Trust, Spike Island and the University of Bristol. Holly is the author of Subsong (National Trust, 2018) and Mine (Spike Island, 2014).