Outdoor Magic is a collaborative project based at Hereford Community Farm, and funded by Ledbury Poetry Festival. I’m working alongside the wonderful artist Jeanette McCulloch, and with the people who come regularly to the Farm. Hereford Community Farm provides inclusive therapeutic land based activities and skills training for people who face disadvantage through disability, ill health, social need or any other condition or situation which has an impact on their daily life. The Farm is a warm and wonderful place.
Jeanette and I are working towards a collaborative exhibition which will be on show during Ledbury Poetry Festival 30 June to 9 July.
Here are things that are used & things to be fixed
& a garden ringing with snoring pigs.
Tulip & Rosie snore through bristle
His horns are two ink coils of ampersand.
He hops with rage. Then comes a moment’s lull.
He reverses smartly, drops his head.
The charge to butt, the click of skull.
All busy lips & ruffled beards
& brindled yard-brush coats
the pygmy goats are nibbling up
one dropped handful of oats.
this is fiddly work
Lisa, but now
it all takes skill
that was a goat
this is a drill
Jane slabs on
stripes of turf.
Her grass grows high.
And gently Jake
swirls his brush
his own blue sky.
The swallows are back
chattering on the phone wires.
They dive before cumulus
whip through wooden barns.