Poverty Creek Journal: On Life and Running

Thomas Gardner

£8.99

Telka recommends: 

“Let me preface my staff pick by saying that I don’t enjoy running, quite possibly hate it. Yet I have completely befallen for this slender, deeply poetic and meditative book. Short vignettes of Gardner’s daily runs, often through the woods “Where hills have ribs and mountains bodies”, by the pond covered by a skin of ice in winter time.

In turn the woods and memories pass through him. He turns each around carefully like a moss, stone a lichen, observing it, his body the record of his runs. As he runs on, he muses on Emily Dickinson’s circumference, grief- as it embodies a physical sensation, Elizabeth Bishop, guttural syllables Simon Weil, bursting with beautiful sentences that one wants to etch to their mind. There is a a sense of humility in Gardner’s writing that becomes deeply touching as his words sparks the mind and heart ablaze. Gem for poets, and non runners also.”

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With a foreword by Lisa McInerney

The sun gradually reaches the hollow, throwing shafts of light and bars of shadow across the trail, and I’m suddenly back in my body, back in time, the light flickering through the trees like flashing fields from a boxcar.

Over the course of one year, Thomas Gardner records his runs. Fifty-two entries, none exceeding a paragraph. Each run is simultaneously captured in its precise moment and opened up to something timeless and limitless.

Radiant acts of attention illuminate every page: we are in the runner’s shoes, seeing the play of light and shade on the path ahead of us. Yet we are in the runner’s mind, too: with spiritual improvisations that turn from the twinges of Gardner’s body to meditations on grief personal and national, and to the works of such poets as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and Elizabeth Bishop.

As the seasons and miles pass, Gardner moves through inner and outer landscapes. Freed by disciplined physical effort, the runner’s mind roams and mourns and remembers. Luminous with beauty, Poverty Creek Journal is a singular and remarkable work, a miniature marvel of nature writing, philosophy and poetry.

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