‘Trees are my solace. Trees speak to me, they speak to us. They quieten our minds so we can hear their truths. Just being with a tree sparks my poetry, their stillness ripens my words.”
A forest of poems has been written about trees but surprisingly, few poets have ever displayed their poems within trees. Marchant’s poems, ‘Beech Book’ and ‘Hear This’, will float among the trees on the Kymin. Up a steep road and tucked away, the trees on the Kymin have a view that rivals the sky. At the crest, the Kymin is crowned in history. A beech over two hundred year old, a silent witness to the sunrise shared by Nelson and Lady Hamilton, holds the sonnet ‘Beech Book’. This tree collects all our memories – a book of stories. ‘Hear This’ waits in a quiet grove next to a naval temple and watches Offa’s trail. This poem is about how trees hear our words when we are lost.
Marchant is an award winning creative writing student at Bath Spa University. His website showcases his poetry and shows the research and thoughts behind each poem. . His previous poetry installation was on the seasonal Silk Wood trail at Westonbirt Arboretum and was featured on BBC Autumnwatch :http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/natureuk/entries/b3ec79fe-ed01-4818-acee-f2efed007a42 )
See Marchant’s poems at The Kymin and Tintern Abbey Saturday May 5 until Sunday May 20