recompense

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It is official since tonight: Nordland Publishing welcomed me as their third poet, following a contract agreement and a shared wish for years of fruitful collaboration. As a poet & writer, am utterly thrilled to be part of the family. Wonderful birthday present that crowned a 15-year old literary project, soon to turn into a book, entitled Compass Head.

Compass Head, this first solo collection of poetry, with elements of flash fiction, is very much a Shetland product, even though it is above all a geopoetical journey from my native Normandie to my chosen, Nordic home – where my heart beats – through time and space. As for From Shore to Shoorma/ D’un rivage à l’autre (BJP 2012), co-penned with Donna Allard, Compass Head is peppered with French and Shetland dialect. It is my privilege and orthographic signature, in the sense such journey is tainted, as a multi-lingual voice. It only feels too natural as a process. I believe Kenneth White – the father of Geopoetics – would embrace this.

It is a very exciting project am only too happy to be nurtured by Nordland Publishing, under the editorial headship of MJ Kobernus, to whom – as well as fellow blogger & author Andy Murray, who got the ball rolling – I feel indebted.

A wonderful adventure has begun, and I feel the heart of young Jim Hawkins from Treasure Island pounding inside my shirt :-).

The most wonderful feeling.

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10 responses to “recompense

  1. It all starts now. Go forth, Jim Hawkins 🙂

  2. Very good news Nat!! I’m excited to see the new collection! Deserved. Warm wishes, Nicky

    • Thank you very kindly, Nicky! There’s a bit of Viking realm in it, ☺️ and ArtiPeeps very close in my heart & included too – very proud of that too. Nordland likes this 🙂
      Very warm Nordic wishes, N

  3. Congratulations and best wishes on your new adventure

  4. I’m so pleased for you! And it seems so right, tracing your Nordman roots back north.

  5. Congratulations and well deserved 🙂

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