January ~ excerpt from ’ Fresh Start: A Shepherd’s Calendar’ (Rose Cook)

JANUARY    

Month of Snows   Isolation

Cold moon   Quiet moon   Old moon   Death moon    

leaves ice   land begins to freeze   Ice moon 

 

This bell will ring when you see your North Star.

Some days everything is illuminated, on the hillside the paths

sheep have made down the steep slope look like the veins of a leaf.

In the frozen garden, first snowdrops shake pale joy.

Frost descends hard, then we once again become strangers.

The close ways learnt are lost – kissing, hugging, intensity, thrown

back now to the chilly ways of childhood.

 

 

 

Available from rosecook108@gmail.com at £4 plus p&p

published by Hen Run, Grey Hen Press 2021

(photo Rose Cook)

Fresh Start: A Shepherd’s Calendar ~ Rose Cook

‘Fresh Start: A Shepherd’s Calendar’ by Rose Cook is out now published by Hen Run at Grey Hen Press.
Available by email: rosecook108@gmail.com it costs £4 plus p&p.

What people are saying:

It’s a beguiling mix of pastoral and personal that I’m enjoying very much 🤍

One month on from its release, this beautiful new Shepherd’s Calendar will take you on a poetic journey through the year. I love it! 🤍

A beautiful book that would make a lovely present 🤍


(Photo Rose Cook)

It’s December ’tis the season 🌟

It’s December 1st 💫

and this is my new book ’Fresh Start: A Shepherd’s Calendar’. It takes you through a year, through the months, through the seasons accompanied by John Clare’s quotes.

Fresh Start is available now from Rose at: rosecook108@gmail.com

(or from: info@greyhenpress.com) at £4 plus p&p

This is a fascinating book, one to turn to all the year round.

An exciting new book from Rose Cook


I am delighted to share my new poetry project with you ~

Fresh Start: A Shepherd’s Calendar is freshly published by Hen Run, Grey Hen Press.

This is a project close to my heart and one that I have been working on for over a year.

A Shepherd’s Calendar is a poem that consists of twelve eclogues. Each eclogue is named after a different month, which represents the turning of seasons. An eclogue is a short pastoral poem that is in the form of a dialogue or a soliloquy. I have included a quote from John Clare for each month.

Fresh Start is available now from Rose at: rosecook108@gmail.com

or from: info@greyhenpress.com at £4 plus p&p

This is a fascinating book, one to turn to all the year round, as it leads you through each season.

A perfect gift too, my publisher says.


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selected from April:

This morning I hear the pear blossom song

from the end of the garden, a white, buttery lilt,

rapture of blooms, feathered fan, branches full of flowers

held by a black trunk, hollow, ancient pear.