Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Re-Wilding our Language of Landscape?













Robert Macfarlane wrote an article in the The Guardian yesterday about re-wilding our language of landscape.  As part of his discussion he writes about the removal of around 50 words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, including; acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, catkin, conker, cowslip, cygnet, dandelion, fern, hazel, heather, heron, ivy, kingfisher, lark, mistletoe, nectar, newt, otter, pasture and willow.  It's shocking to note, yet true of our time; children spend less time outdoors, less time observing and learning about these things we as adults know and love about our green world. 

I think the removal is an indicator of something deeper, of a disconnection, a dis-engagement which we need to work hard to re-ignite; something which is a significant them which I try to focus on in my creative practice.

I've taken the words listed and written an anagram poem to attempt to express how I feel about this, below.

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NOT BlackBerry

nay word zealot
lament,
let not
natures rich
landscape
weaken

strike thy
tight held view
succour
children,
bring hope;
conker & newt

to plea:
back-fill,
re-enrich our 
feeble breast

Jeni McConnell, 2015

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