148 x 210
5 colour illustrations
Unnumbered edition of 50
Iron is a beautiful booklet of arresting poetry and artwork for the 'Great Forest of South Gippsland', an area which once covered much of south-eastern Victoria in Australia. It was not occupied by Europeans until the 1860-80s, but a mere forty years later it was largely gone, having been cleared for agriculture. These early settlers called the region 'the land of the lyrebird'.
The lyrebird is ground-dwelling, and most notable for its superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from its environment. They are also noted because of the striking beauty of the male bird's huge tail when it is fanned out in display.
Elegiac & haunting, Iron is a further instalment from Richard Harm's longer work in progress, Edge; a twelve-part suite of interconnected 'voices' rooted in a landscape at almost the southernmost point of mainland Australia. His text is accompanied by a series of relief etchings by award-winning Australian artist Martin King.
Limited copies may still be available from the author: richard.w.harms [at] gmail.com