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In Strangers, Rebecca Tamás explores where the human and nonhuman meet, and why this delicate connection just might be the most important relationship of our times. From ‘On Watermelon’ to ‘On Grief’, Tamás’s essays are exhilarating to read in their radical and original exploration of the links between the environmental, the political, the folkloric and the historical. From thinking stones, to fairgrounds, from colliding planets to transformative cockroaches, Tamás’s lyrical perspective takes the reader on a journey between body, land and spirit—exploring a new ecological vision for our fractured, fragile world.
On Watermelon • On Hospitality • On Panscychism • On Greenness • On Pain • On Grief • On Mystery
Rebecca Tamás’s poetry and criticism has been published widely. She is the co-editor of Spells: Occult Poetry for the 21st Century, with Sarah Shin, published by Ignota Books and her first poetry collection, WITCH was published by Penned in the Margins in 2019; to praise from the Poetry Book Society, the Guardian, Telegraph, Irish Times, TLS, White Review and The Paris Review. Rebecca is a lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University, where she co-curates The York Centre for Writing Poetry Series.
‘Body pouring with leaves, lying naked in a Zapotec tomb in Oaxaca, or outlined in twisting black branches; this is the female form as spell – a magic able to unlock the powerful connection between human and nonhuman, not a passive carrier but an active force within the natural landscape. It is, even now, deeply enlivening and surprising to stare at these images, a woman coming from the earth, imperfect, unbounded, potent, totally in command of the flux of energy in which she moves.’ – excerpt from ‘On Greenness’