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The Autumn Myth

The Autumn Myth

by Joel Lane

The Autumn Myth is a reality check on the myths and dreams that permeate our world. It attacks the culture of political and corporate mendacity in modern Britain, and goes on to consider the more ambiguous myths that sustain our personal lives.

These poems explore the human experience of time, the lessons of grief and illness, the messages of the urban landscape and the evocative power of music. They look beyond a fractured society governed by lies towards a more creative use of imagination as a way of connecting. The title poem suggests that global warming has eradicated autumn. Lane's third collection celebrates an October of the mind, a revolutionary glow.

(about Trouble in the Heartland)

In his second collection, Joel Lane brings us more tales of the decaying city. Despite the bleakness and violence of the subject matter, these poems are precise, perceptive and, at times, beautiful. Without the stories, this city is / a prison says Lane. Through his retelling of its stories, he endows the city's grit with grace.

Sarah Crown, The Guardian

ISBN: 978-1904614-76-0 (pbk), 978-1906570-16-3 (hbk)
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
Pages: 80
Published December 2010