Ten Poems from Cornwall
Selected and Introduced by Katrina Naomi
The skinny and rocky coastline of Cornwall has spawned some invigorating poetry. In these ten poems – including one in both English and Kernewek, or Cornish – we encounter land and sea, wild ponies and a Modernist artist, alongside a hill-top ‘huer’ whose job is to call the fishermen when the pilchard arrive:
“They come, they come, that longed-for shoal,
And his voice goes forth in a welcome roll
Over rock and reef, over lake and land…”
from ‘The Cornish Huer’ by John Harris
The selection sparkles in the vivid Cornish light bringing us moments of beauty and exhilaration – always with the salty tang of sea air.
Katrina Naomi is a poet who grew up close to the sea and now lives in Cornwall.
Cover illustration by Hazel McNab.