The Love of Common Things – found poetry of Leopold Hartley Grindon

King River Press is very excited about our forthcoming collection of found poetry from our favourite Victorian era botanist and nature writer, Mr Leopold Hartley Grindon (1818 – 1904). The verses are taken directly from, or are adaptions of the original writings which are now in the public domain, namely; Manchester Walks and Wild Flowers (Palmer & Howe, Manchester. 1858 & 1882), The Manchester Flora (William White, London. 1859) and Country Rambles (Palmer & Howe. 1882). We hope you enjoy this small sampler of some special moments plucked from his regular ‘rambles’ in the English countryside. Our hope is that more writers will become better acquainted with the underrated nature writings and legacy of Mr Grindon and perhaps do some local ‘rambling’ of their own.

rambling in the fields
the town cobwebs

the flowerbeds and parks
from God's own hand

gas lit
the long lines of pavement
now paced by policemen

sweet spot
plucking early primrose
to the bird's song

a belated visit
to Ashley Meadows
the over-blown hazel

the many shades of yellow
in an English spring

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