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Released 31st October, 2023 // 48 pages // 978-1-915760-27-2 // RRP £8.99

 

boar sees Tom Branfoot layer our contemporary polycrisis with the events leading up to the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Set in 14th-century Bradford, owned by John of Gaunt, boar illuminates the conditions of working-class existence that have remained fixed - under the guises of feudalism, capitalism, and neoliberalism - for centuries. Branfoot revivifies Middle English language and alliterative verse through the prism of contemporary experimental poetics, in a text where themes of land access, ecology, and class prevail.

 

Praise for boar:

Sharp as a cutting implement, thoughtful as a woodland pause, Branfoot's assured yet disturbing poems bring history home: its quiet atrocities, its local and poetic languages, its possible organization into forms of hope. I love the flow: from medieval beast lore to critical modern observation; the underground beck, the struggling coffee shop. This writing haunts and needles us, like Alan Garner or Barry MacSweeney.
   — Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo, Like a Tree, Walking

 

Tom Branfoot’s latest pamphlet roots out the brutal buried histories of the Bradford Boar as a dark mirror of a broken present. In an arresting idiom ventriloquising Middle English, Branfoot stalks the boar’s fateful path through the ages of social oppression and ecological degradation. In this vision, the boar’s unruly energy, once condemned as sinful desire, becomes a revolutionary blazon for our ‘common condition’ where the tongueless boar evokes the alienated voice of the poet. If haunted by how history happens ‘so close to home’, this bold book knows that it is nevertheless ‘impossible to era