Man of Wivenhoe
by Martin Newell
by James Dodds
is an Essex village on the River Colne. "Part suburbia,
part bohemia With a dash of academia". But then it's also
a verb. It means to stagnate in a pub for hours. Then days.
one day you wake and find
When your summer's far behind
Life's great lawn remains unmowed
And you have been Wivenhoed".
Man of Wivenhoe is a verse legend, told by the inhabitants of
a Wivenhoe pub. The Fisherman, the Artist, the Biker, the Commuter,
the Hairdresser, the Farmer, the Shipwright . . . each has a
tale to tell about the saucer-eyed, hairy, naked young man dredged
out of the river by fishermen. After a series of strange and
brief encounters, the Wild Man returns to the river whence he
came, only to reappear, many years later, unutterably changed.
artist James Dodds and the poet Martin Newell live, work and
drink in Wivenhoe. Their lovingly-detailed tribute to the spirit
of the place is as authentic as the tang of cheese and onion
on a beard hair. Witty, elegant and wise, this is a tale for
everyone who's ever left a lawn unmowed, or collapsed on one
in a moment of mis-spent youth.
Jardine Press 1997
200 x 200mm
ISBN 0 9525594 3 9