The Book of the Green Man by Ronald Johnson
A lost English nature poem by a writer from Kansas. Ronald Johnson’s book of the 1960s is a remarkable piece of work, rich, glittering and strange.
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Of this lost English nature poem by Ronald Johnson of the 1960s, the poet and translator Christopher Middleton wrote: “This is the work of a young poet from Kansas who spent a year in England during 1962-63. It is a remarkable piece of work. The surprise is this: he presents an image of England, or, to be precise, of sundry English scenes, with a vividness and a strangeness beyond the reach of any English poet, and unknown, I venture to say, since the days of Blake, Calvert and Palmer, Ronald Johnson has unearthed an England which most people have forgotten.”
Ronald Johnson himself described The Book of the Green Man as his “attempt, as a brash American, to make new the traditional British long seasonal poem.”
First published in 1967, this new edition has an afterword by Ross Hair.
96 pages, 234 x 142mm, sewn paperback with flaps
ISBN 9781 910010 044