‘The landscapes have such presence and resonance and charisma. I remember now that I liked to take this book with me on the remaining family holidays of my teenage years and in the hot, empty geometry of sky and swimming pool, with crickets rasping in the coarse grass, I immersed myself in Hill’s perfected England, his rich images standing out in high contrast.’
“Autumn resumes the land, ruffles the woods
with smoky wings, entangles them. Trees shine
out from their leaves, rocks mildew to moss-green;
the avenues are spread with brittle floods . . .”
We’re feeling fully immersed in autumn now, thanks to the grey skies, the slight chill in the air, and the arrival of the new season’s issue of Slightly Foxed, no. 55. In it, Adam Foulds describes his lasting love for Geoffrey Hill’s poetry and his evocation of the English landscape, illustrated with this wood engraving of The Capon Tree by Angela Lemaire.