Four Season Farm charts one man’s struggle to learn the ancient art of tending the land. Written as a series of haibun, a literary form originating in 17th century Japan, the book alternates prose and haiku to tell the story of a single calendar year on a busy organic farm. Diary entries map the slow turning of the seasons, every page resonant with the sights, sounds and smells of nature in full spate.
‘Phrases emerge in this work such as ‘I unlatch the door and enter butter-light’ and ‘Soil teems with the traffic of countless subterranean tenants’ which are completely original and beautiful, as though Dylan Thomas had met Matsuo Bashō in a lonesome inn, with only the two of them to imbibe sake together and the everlasting mystery of words.’
– Gabriel Rosenstock
‘A must-read for anyone with an interest in food production, ‘the mercurial whims of the sky’, and mankind’s increasingly fraught relationship with the natural world.’
– Amanda Bell
Paperback, 96 pages
€18, including delivery worldwide