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Avant-Folk: Small Press Poetry Networks from 1950 to the Present$
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Ross Hair

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383292

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383292.001.0001

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Coracle’s Unpainted Landscapes

Coracle’s Unpainted Landscapes

(p.201) Chapter Six Coracle’s Unpainted Landscapes
Avant-Folk: Small Press Poetry Networks from 1950 to the Present

Ross Hair

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 6 examines the ways in which the English publisher Coracle has utilized the ‘alternative space’ of the book and other printed platforms to critically rethink representations of place and space. Coracle’s approach to the question of landscape is shown to have anticipated recent developments in the field of cultural geography regarding ‘non-representational theory’ and its emphasis on the ‘small stories’ of landscape. Chapter 6 examines how a number of poets and artists associated with Coracle (Erica Van Horn, Simon Cutts, Stephen Duncalf, Colin Sackett, Richard Long) have significantly paralleled many of these non-representational approaches to landscape and revised the grand, heroic values traditionally attributed landscape representations by engaging the modest means of small press publications. It is argued that the space of the allotment is of particular significance for Coracle as an ‘unofficial’ landscape analogous to Coracle’s own emphasis on co-operative work, community, and creative singularity. The chapter concludes by discussing Richard Long’s installation Stone Field in the semi-refurbished space of Renshaw Hall in Liverpool. Despite its immense size, chapter 6 demonstrates how Long’s installation reiterates the qualities associated with the ‘alternative spaces’ of small press publishing and its broader possibilities on and off the page.

Keywords:   Coracle, Simon Cutts, Erica Van Horn, Colin Sackett, Stephen Duncalf, Richard Long, landscape, nonrepresentational theory

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