Taking its title from the German word which loosely translates as 'the feeling of being alone in the woods' these are poems rooted in nature and place. At times mindful and present, at others, longing and mournful, Porter draws us through a range of experience and narrative – from forests, rivers and mountaintops to the boarded-up streets and schoolyards of North Liverpool.
Whether resting in "the gap between heartbeats / when man’s presence is no more" or in an 'other world of sunlight / where air is thin yet easier to breathe" Porter often brings clarity to the value of what is in front. Poetry as a lesson in presence.
But then there are darker poems, more regretful and longing, where a chick hatches from its stolen egg to 'drag its limp self across the floor" or where there is "cicatrix upon the skin of beech and oak".
But always there is a sense of hope at the centre of each poem and even the most haunting "opens up into foxglove, honeysuckle, bluebell."
Liam is a writer, poet, and digital marketer from Merseyside, now residing in Chester. His poems have been published in 192, Independent Variable, Bloom and a range of other spaces. He was the co-editor and lead host of the 16th year of In The Red - LJMU's poetry open mic night and annual anthology. He hopes his writing will provide an essence of calm and reflection in what is a very hectic world.