One man’s nectar is another man’s sap.

3 May 2013

Saskia Hamilton’s poem ‘Ad Tertiam’ is included in this month’s online edition of The White Review, and makes mention of bees – the species of the moment, it seems. Here in Brussels, bans on particular pesticides harmful to bees have been absorbing policymakers of late, and requiring them to get their tongue around the lovely – in the abstract – word ‘neonicitinoids’. In Literaryville, meanwhile (which we now know doesn’t include Leeds), bees lead people back to Sean Borodale’s Bee Journal which garnered much praise last year, and which I am slowly sampling.

But for me, the most resonant association of Hamilton’s poem is resinous, and goes right back to the start of this blog: Kosovel’s ‘Pines’ – an association that might fit quite well with the international literary idealism of The White Review itself.

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