Knot by John Greening


Worple’s first publication of 2013 is John Greening’s Knot. Based on the design of a seventeenth-century knot garden, Greening’s new sequence makes consort music with the poets of Elizabethan England. Sonnets and verse letters are woven around a journal of life in a twenty-first century writers’ retreat (Hawthornden Castle) and a prose allegory of Ben Jonson’s famous walk from London to Scotland to visit William Drummond. The collection concludes with a witty modern masque. As Ian MacMillan has said of Greening’s previous work, the poet ‘revels in other voices, other speech patterns… The formal control is excellent and the ability to get inside the heads of dead men enviable.’  Available for purchase by Paypal or postal order form.