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Merrivale - Dartmoor, UK

Some poems just get completely out of hand.

Merrivale is a piece that I started in 2012, thinking it would be a short praise-poem to a place that has snagged me, become a place of significance and remembering. The poem had other ideas.

Whenever I think I've finished with this, it just wants to change into something else. It's intolerable. How can this be?

I've thought upon the matter at some length as I've wrestled with getting it into a final, fixed form. Putting it into Falconer's Joy has - partly - been about casting it into one form, for better or worse.

Falconer's Joy - Five poems by Tom Hirons - out now from Hedgespoken Press

It's been a long time since I let some poems out of the bag and into the world, so the publication of Falconer's Joy marks quite a staging post for me. The five poems in this pocket-sized chapbook share themes of mythic slippages, of time unanchoring and of the dead speaking to the living, sometimes the other way round.

The oldest piece, Merrivale, was first begun in 2012 and has seen a number of versions down the years; the most recent, The Dead Fathers, was written only a few weeks ago. In between those bookends of time, The Lapwing Stars appeared last year in Fiddler's Green Peculiar Parish Magazine #4; The Worship of Place was recorded whilst out on the moor, beside the East Dart, in the fabulous early Summer of this year; and Falconer's Joy was written within the last few months.


We've finally done it - Rima and I have made a book of one of our very favourite Russian folk-tales, hopefully the first of many!

The Firebird is a tale we've been telling for many years now. You can find out more about it (and buy it, of course!) here.


Nettle-Eater book by Tom Hirons from Hedgespoken Press


I'm delighted to be able to tell you that Nettle-Eater is now available as a pocket-sized book, joining Sometimes a Wild God in the quiver of Hedgespoken Press.

You can buy it from the Hedgespoken shop, or by using the buttons towards the bottom of this page.

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