Martin Shaw – West Country School of Myth and Story

by Aly Hazlewood on July 15, 2017

Something insistent and magical happens when I listen to Martin Shaw. I can feel a quickening, a call to the Wild, a deep sense of home; of remembrance. God(dess) stirring in my cells.

I’m filled with awe and gratitude for these beauty-weavers who live on the edges, who dare to care so deeply for this Earth and it’s people that a broken-open heart is their constant companion.

There is no time to wait my friends. The days are not long.

 

“It’s hard for me to speak soberly of Martin Shaw, and I won’t try to do so here. By my lights, he’s one of the greats, rollicking, consolingly vulnerable, unstrainingly poetic, rascally, and genuinely wise. I first heard about him through Coleman Barks whose praise for Shaw was so lusty that I immediately bought A Branch from the Lightning Tree, a book I have read—pen in hand—twice. Martin Shaw is often billed as a “mythologist,” though that handle murderously dissects. You could just as easily call him a poet, a Jongleur de Dieu, or an apothecary of spirit. A few themes run through his work: the deepening power of stories, the wisdom found in dark places, and the importance of what D.H. Lawrence once called “the lost, fern-scented world” (a world that, as Shaw makes plain, is not wholly lost). If you are reading this now, I urge you to check out his books. They’re not only giddy delights (what language! what omnivorous nuggety scholarship! what guts!), they are good medicine.” – Teddy Macker

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