I wrote yesterday of Coflyfr, that it was created by weaving the words of writers throughout time. I’ve been thinking of that piece because I now realise OUTSIDER is a return to this way of working, only instead of immersing in the words of writers, I’ve been taking every new inspiration from the land. Each new day I wake, look what is around me, & create, drinking deep from the river of time that spins us around in pools & eddies or tumbles us along through the sounds of languages & across arbitrary borders recognised by only one species. Each day I have no idea what will be created until the land opens herself to me. I have spent many long years honing this craft so that now, when these suggestions come, I’m ready to intuit & open a dialogue: quick responses in slow time. When I was dreaming through the words & ideas & reflections of other people I knew it would come to an end – everything has already been said so it can feel like an echo-chamber of quotes & surmisings, of beautiful truths suffocating beneath exasperating contradictions – but now, as we travel & explore, each new day is a spring flower unfolding towards the sun. This is the only reality. I cannot be persuaded otherwise because I only need trust my own ears & eyes, my heart & intuition. And I feel the urgency of this truth, that when I am immersed in nature the world makes sense, I make sense. There is no fake news or intellectualising my place in the world. I wild swim this ocean of time, this one infinite moment within which all of nature exists….
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