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The Nearer You Stand

Poems and Images by Roger Wagner

Canterbury Press October 2019 

Roger Wagner’s visual world is immediately recognisable – the subtle juxtaposition of familiar and unfamiliar, Syria and Oxfordshire, ancient and modern, a solitary woman threatened by men with stones and men with cellphone cameras, so often within a landscape of overwhelming radiance, local and unearthly all at once.  Here these images are woven around with reflective prose and with poetry that has the same unsettling radiance.  A book of transfigurations. 

Rowan Williams