I suspect this stunning, out-sized collection of acrostics and fine art was found by many under their Christmas tree yesterday. It’s received wide critical acclaim, and rightly so. One small but significant aspect of this book which won me over was its subtitle: A Spell Book. Indeed the introduction states categorically that “it holds not poems but spells of many kinds that might just, by the old, strong magic of being spoken aloud, unfold dreams and songs, and summon lost words back into the mouth and the mind’s eye.”
This focussing on sharing Macfarlane’s words out loud, and highlighting the power of words to enchant and transform is so apt and reminds us all of the magic words can have when we attend to them. As an enticement, or simply as a gift through the letterbox, I think these postcard packs of Morris’ amazing artwork, with excerpts of the poems on the back are genius.