POETRY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY
We have been fortunate enough to have showcased some of Dion's work in our first edition, where he experimented with combining the media of photography and poetry. His poem in this edition, ‘Here', discusses the transcendence of nature contrasted to the limitations of orthodox Christian belief.
When discussing his work, Dion commented that his poems “explore the idea of the Wilderness as the space of the Other. The Wild is imagined as that which lies beyond, when really it taps into the very essence of our most intimate imaginings. As the expression of a pure Nature, untainted by human consciousness, it is as illusory as ‘purity’ itself."
Listen beyond to those emerald seas
that break upon our inner shores; I hear
my conch-ears pulse a hot and hushed response
of pinkish cords and spiral wombs
that breathe from tombs of primal dreams.
Whilst words lie transfixed-dead at feet to rot,
the eloquent wind rolls off the tongues of leaves –
it whispers not Start, End, Sin,
but of our ceaseless helix coiled within.
Here and now, boys. Attention to these estranged sounds,
a rhyme half-recalled, remote yet intimate waves,
as I am a note struck singularly and sudden,
but listening, become eternal symphony.
Dion's photographic discoveries have been profoundly influenced by the abundance of natural beauty in Durham, where Dion is currently completing a degree in English Literature. “I have been photographing and identifying wild flowers throughout the woods, fields and hedgerows of Durham, bobbing along like a honeybee."
As in his previous appearance in Thorn, Dion's photograph here feels at harmony with the emphasis of his poetry. “Wild flowers remind us of the existence of beauty beyond the human hand or eye, yet often I find them so ludicrously underneath our noses, between the cracks of our dull straight pavements. Humanity continues in its blind production-line of ‘lines’. The Wiggle wiggles as it has done for eternity, and does so beautifully."
Check out Dion's blog to see more of his photography and poetry.