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.