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  • Welcome to ‘Walking Thru’ Fire’. I’m Ian Gouge, writer and publisher, and this podcast is a showcase for my work.
    © 2022 (C) Ian Gouge
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  • May 19 2022

     Myths attach themselves to just about everything. This is certainly true in the case of English native trees. Pagan, mystical or religious, some of these are well-known, but others are more obscure.

    In “The Myths of Native Trees”, Ian Gouge uses fragments from some of these myths as the basis for a suite of poems which are in turn mystical, lyrical.

    We build our own myths too. Myths about our past - or our imagined past - and about our relationship with the world around us, real or otherwise. “The Myths of Native Trees” also teases at some of these, in some cases celebrating them, in others revelling in their inescapable opacity.

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    13 mins
  • May 8 2022

    Thoughts on the eve of a 5-day writing retreat... (8th May 2022)

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    6 mins
  • May 5 2022

    A little like Punctuations from History, my slim 2019 collection, First-time Visions of Earth from Space, is one which largely crept up on me as a somewhat random accumulation of individual poems.

    Having said that, during the drafting and compilation process I was able to split the work into three general areas or themes: Firsts, Lasts, and those somewhere in-between.

    I have attempted to provide a background to the whole endeavour - from inspiration to collation - in the collection’s introduction. This was the first time I used such a device and has thus far been repeated just once more in my 2021 volume, The Homelessness of a Child, where providing some historical context was absolutely essential.

    The title poem of First-time Visions of Earth from Space was inspired by having seen photographs taken on the first manned space flights and then subsequently reading how Apollo astronauts struggled to describe what they had witnessed through the window of their spacecraft. I found myself fascinated by the difficulty they encountered. Not just the challenge of language and its casual inadequacy - but also the astronauts’ compulsive need to depict and interpret at all. The wonderful and totally 'authentic' images they captured (and which they would not see developed until after their flight, of course) were never going to be enough to act as effective translations for their emotions.

    In this podcast I will read four poems from First-time Visions of Earth from Space.

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    12 mins

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