For over five decades, Jeremy Hooker has been mapping a distinctive eco-poetics, at once deeply personal and broadly encompassing. His most recent book, Ditch Vision, draws his life’s work together with a resounding conviction. Its forthright title points directly to the very centre of his thinking. While ‘ditch vision’ may not be a concept to engage the postmodern critic, the more I ponder the two words, the more apt they seem.

‘Ditch’ comes from the Old English word for a trench or fosse cut by hand to irrigate or in some way shape the indigenous earth. It suggests a meeting of land and ...


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