Author(s): Robert Wood
Redgate is the story of how community slowly accretes out of everyday necessities, always gruelling, sometimes cruel. When the labour is hard, and making can also be an un-making. Wood's poems bear witness to the contiguity of grief and green growing things.
The red of knuckles and beets. Hard-won victories and soft-spoken celebrations. Wood is so alive to where words begin and where they can lead. A deep ecological and historical awareness, and tenderness for his people/s, his land/s - entities that never loom, instead quicken like heartbeats in the presence of something dear.