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Were X a Tree

Were X a Tree: Commentary and Marginalia Beside and Between the Poetry of Peter Larkin

A collection of essays on the poetry of Peter Larkin, curated by Amy Cutler, and published online by Emma Mason and Peter Larkin in 2018.

the faithful case: were x a tree so there must be some edge pursued that does not branch around: such a tree has no definite paths wrapping its given, rather, the extreme forming of expressible conditions.

Peter Larkin (Additional Trees)


  1. Preface
  2. Anthony Barnett: Homage à Peter Larkin
  3. Ian Brinton: Insistence and Propulsion in Peter Larkin’s ‘Next Portent’: Brushwood to Drift
  4. Stephen Collis: Notes on Rings Resting the Circuit
  5. Stuart Cooke: Blocks of Space, Strings of Body: Entries into Ecological Fields
  6. Mark Dickinson: Prose Woods: Incisions
  7. Daniel Eltringham: Repose and Exposure in Enclosures
  8. Matthew Hall: Front Matter: ‘exposure flings its extra earth’
  9. Edmund Hardy: Peter Larkin’s Scarce Layers
  10. Sarah Howe: The ‘primitive sap’: on Peter Larkin’s What the Surfaces Enclave of Wang Wei
  11. Natalie Joelle: Larkin and Lean Thinking
  12. Simon Lewty: ‘praying // firs \\ attenuate’
  13. Robert Macfarlane: ‘Leaf has always had its sessions’
  14. Emma Mason: To Field Any Reserve
  15. John Milbank: ‘The Beckoning Obstruction’: on the Theme of Scarcity in the Poetry of Peter Larkin
  16. David James Miller: Reciting Silence
  17. David Nowell-Smith: Larkin Inside/Beside the Box
  18. Sophie Seita: Enclosing ‘Rape’ in Peter Larkin’s ‘Five Plantation Clumps Near Twopence Spring’
  19. Jonathan Skinner: Redwood Larkins
  20. Matthew Sperling & Heather H. Yeung: Notes on ‘Array’
  21. G. C. Waldrep: Larkin by Inflection: Primes & Fibonacci
  22. Carol Watts: Go Steep, Trees
  23. Lissa Wolsak: Inflection Point
  24. Peter Larkin: Afterword: Scarce Additive, Nearest Unconditional