Many thanks to the editors of The High Window, who just published three new poems of mine. They are part of a larger sequence on the mythology, history, and archaeology of old Europe. You can read them here.
For those interested in further info behind the poems, these are good starting places:
- Star Carr: Starr Carr – the official site of the ongoing excavation, with photos of the Red Deer headdress, and video of how they may have been made;
- Pytheas in the Shetlands: On the ancient Greek explorer, Pytheas, and Barry Cunliffe’s brief but wonderful book on him, The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek. Cunliffe’s book Britain Begins is also a starting point for this and the Starr Carr poem;
- Fire Houses: Incidents of intentional house burning (as well as cults of the head) are found all throughout Celtic myth, for instance in the closing scenes of The Destruction of Da Derga’s Hostel; not surprisingly, there is archaeological evidence for such destruction as well, and the most readily available summary I can find online is here: