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The Erl-King I (2005)

The Erl-King II (2005)

The Erl-King III (2005)

The Erl-King IV (2005)

The Erl-King V (2005)

The Erl-King VI (2005)

The Erl-King’s Demesne (2005)
john luke chapman

 

‘A young girl would go into the wood as trustingly as Red Riding Hood to her granny’s house but this light admits of no ambiguities and, here, she will be trapped in her own illusion because everything in the wood is exactly as it seems.
The woods enclose and then enclose again, -‘

Angela Carter ‘The Erl-King’ from The Bloody Chamber (1979)

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She Borrows A Revolver (1995)

She Borrows A Revolver (1995)
john luke chapman

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The Heart asks Pleasure — first
And then — Excuse from Pain —
And then — those little Anodynes
That deaden suffering —

And then — to go to sleep —
And then — if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor
The privilege to die —

Emily Dickinson
1890

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Spy In The House Of Love 1 (2003)

 

Spy In The House Of Love 2 (2003)

 

Spy In The House Of Love 3 (2003)

A Spy In The House Of Love (2003)
john luke chapman

1. The Invitation / 2. The Dream / 3. The Wait

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‘Exactly as in a fever dream, there was in her no premeditation, no continuity, no connection. It was all chaos – her erratic gestures, her unfinished sentences, her sulky silences, her sudden walks through the room, her apologizing for futile reasons (I’m sorry, I lost my gloves), her apparent desire to be elsewhere.’

Anaïs Nin Ladders To Fire (1959)

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>Mr Glowry's Summerhouse (2009)
Mr Glowry’s Summerhouse (2009)
john luke chapman

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This house has been far out at sea all night,
The woods crashing through darkness, the booming hills,
Winds stampeding the fields under the window
Floundering black astride and blinding wet

 

‘Wind’
Ted Hughes The Hawk In The Rain (1957)

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The Snow Queens (2008)

The Snow Queens (2008)
john luke chapman

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Photograph was conceived and shot for the front cover of Naomi Foyle’s collection The Night Pavilion. Published by Waterloo Press in 2008 the book was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

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The Night Pavilion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naomi Foyle The Night Pavilion (Waterloo Press 2008)
ISBN 978-1-906742-05-8

cover & author photographs by john luke chapman

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waterloo press website
naomifoyle.com