Gardening Beneath a Falling Piano by Simon Moreton
Poetry and collages by Simon Moreton
We’ve been gardening,
pruning & planting
beneath a falling piano,
a cartoon safe,
a coyote’s boulder.
The ragwort has exploded,
orange & black caterpillars
caterpillaring their way
up the ninny for dinner & a kip;
in yellow volcanoes, metamorphosis.
On the old allotment
my bare hands bothering the compost…
Pocket-sized, 28-page zine of poetry and collage by Bristol author and comix artist Simon Moreton (Now Is the Time to Know Everything, Minor Leagues). Tenderly fatalistic collection of diurnal observations; snippets of days unfolding “forever on the sea-pink brink of a cliff, or on the beach, waiting for the scarp to come down on top of you like a horrible pillow fight.”
Also: Nap time. Deep time. The cosmic improbability of a couch. Staring off into space. Anchoring oneself to Earth through contact with earth and neighborly exchanges with caterpillars.
Simon Moreton on Gardening Beneath a Falling Piano:
“We are all living under the weight of so many things in our short time here. Gardening Beneath a Falling Piano is about trying to be joyous in the shadow of that pervading unease. The words just came out and the collages, too—they seemed the best way to stick the whole thing together—and I suppose sticking things together is the best we can do sometimes.”
Edition of 300
28 pages, 12×17 cm, b&w offset, stapled
Printed on Arctic Munken Print Cream 115
Designed by Simon Moreton