Myths attach themselves to just about everything. This is certainly true in the case of English native trees. Pagan, mystical or religious, some of these are well-known, but others are more obscure.
In “The Myths of Native Trees”, Ian Gouge uses fragments from some of these myths as the basis for a suite of poems which are in turn mystical, lyrical.
We build our own myths too. Myths about our past – or our imagined past – and about our relationship with the world around us, real or otherwise. “The Myths of Native Trees” also teases at some of these, in some cases celebrating them, in others revelling in their inescapable opacity.
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