A Berkshire Wood in Spring

The Berkshire Downs, not open country but deep woodland scaling the hillside. Just after rain, wandering through the heavy feast of rain soaked boughs, green shadows dripping all around me, festering silence, rich but a little sinister. Solitary dog walkers loom out of the stillness, a black labrador bounds up, then disappears into the resinyContinue reading “A Berkshire Wood in Spring”

New Collection from Buddhist Poet

The Solitude of Small Doors, Ananda (Stephen Parr) Wolf at the Door, Bristol 2015, £11.52, pb, 250 pp (To order go to Lulu.com and search for Stephen Parr Reviewed by Ratnagarbha Ananda’s major new collection, The Solitude of Small Doors has a distilled reflectiveness about it. We get the feeling that this is the fruit of aContinue reading “New Collection from Buddhist Poet”

A quest for contours in East Anglia

It was spring and I wanted to climb a hill, but not too far away. Too much driving, surely, equals alienation. Best to stay within a day’s journey on horse or camel back. Let the crabbed soul come along for the ride. No more than one hour’s drive then. I would give in to contourContinue reading “A quest for contours in East Anglia”

Petrarch, Sonnets in translation

Francesco Petrarca (July 20, 1304 – July 19, 1374), commonly written in English as Petrarch, was one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch’s rediscovery of Cicero‘s letters is often credited with initiating the 14th-century Renaissance. His love sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. They were all written to expressContinue reading “Petrarch, Sonnets in translation”

Urthona now has a Facebook page

You can now follow Urthona on Facebook. This page, which is the editor’s personal page, will contain short topical reflections about art, life and everything, as well as news of the magazine. Please note:  the views expressed will be the editor’s personal views and not necessarily those of the magazine or its editorial team. ClickContinue reading “Urthona now has a Facebook page”

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