Sometimes a Wild God

Sometimes a Wild God

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For many years, I’ve been an admirer of the work of Rima Staines. Through that connection, I got to hear about Tom Hirons, who is Rima’s partner. Bits of his writing started cropping up here and there (in the Dark Mountain books for example) and I loved the depth and atmosphere he was able to create with words.

A few years ago, Tom wrote a poem called ‘Sometimes a Wild God‘ – it’s the sort of thing that ‘gets’ you: once heard never forgotten type of stuff! When you read it, or listen to it, and become immersed in it, you realise that part of it is a wake up call – a call from a deep and often neglected place within ourselves, from a past that many have forgotten, but also from a past that is deeply human.

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How can you not be moved by the opening verses:

Sometimes a wild god comes to the table.
He is awkward and does not know the ways
Of porcelain, of fork and mustard and silver.
His voice makes vinegar from wine.

Anyway, Tom and Rima have recently launched Hedgespoken Press as part of their new travelling venture, Hedgespoken, and the first publication is ‘Sometimes a Wild God‘. As well as featuring the poem, all beautifully laid out and typeset, you’ll also find a few of Rima’s illustrations too.

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It’s not a glossy, shiney booklet, but it has a quality to it that imbues depth and feeling like nothing else. I urge you to support Hedgespoken Press if you are able and have a chance to treasure a little work of art.

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If you want to listen to the poem, here’s an excellent audio rendition for your pleasure, performed by an accomplished storyteller:

And of course, you can always visit’s Tom’s web page to read the full poem for yourself:

https://coyopa.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/sometimes-a-wild-god-2/

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Rise and Root

Rima Staines is a wonderful British artist who keeps an incredibly interesting blog about her life, her paintings and her thoughts. Whilst she is not a prolific blogger, with Rima, it’s all about quality and not quantity. My only criticism is that the comments left on her blog are incredibly ‘gushing’, but maybe that’s a reflection of the love people have for her and her work?

In her latest post, she talks about a dream and how she saw a symbol which she interpreted as an Ogham symbol. This led her onto creating the above image ‘Rise & Root’. Both the images and the words are incredibly powerful for me:

Rise: against blandness, shopping, concrete, conformity, the pricetag on your days.
Root: in beauty, wild imagination, black earth, stories, otherness, your old heart.

Rima wants the ‘Rise & Root‘ image to be shared far and wide, so please copy it and post it around. Get it printed on t-shirts or whatever – it’d probably make a great tattoo as well!