Lynne Wycherley’s recent volume The Testimony of the Trees marks a new stage in the development of her work. A lyrical gift confronts apocalypse. Her poetry now engages directly with the threat of uncontrolled technological ‘advance’. Following the path of William Blake, she stands in fiery opposition to the “mind-forged manacles” of technological civilisation. Again and again, the poems expose the pathologies of our digital culture – not its light, but its increasingly sinister shadow: the way it is dramatically changing both our natural habitat and the quality of our inherited consciousness. ...


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