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The Knotsman

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The Knotsman does not exist, you will not find him in history books or collections of 'bygone' skills. But Math Jones has created him, and his fellows, in a time very like the English Civil War. There he is, going from house to house, village to village, poem to poem, battlefield to gallows, unravelling knots and problems, physical, emotional and psychological; a new kind of cunning man, not always welcome, not always quite as clever as his fingers and picks would have him believe. No one knows what the knotty man knows - or no one knew - here knots of love, domesticity and death, children's rhymes, deep poems, songs and snatches created by Math Jones build folklore around a character so wholly believable he will surely become entwined in our host of otherworldly creatures. The Knotsman has secured a place in my imagination and this is a volume I will turn to time and time again to help me unravel the important questions. Dr Fay Hield Math Jones is a natural at merging poetry with engaging narrative and syntax. Despite a 17th century setting about poems focusing on a cunning protagonist, (a Knotsman with an alchemy for untying various knots) these also to me represented a modern allegorical critique on an unravelling political world we inhabit today. With a finesse in his rhyme and a beat to his controlled and structured poems this is a consistently good read where each poem is well crafted with the same discipline of the character which the poems represent. Anthony Owen The mysterious Knotsman travels far and wide, unhitching and unravelling, rewriting vows and improving lives. He is so convincing that you almost want to look him up - is this a recently discovered manuscript, a Chaucerian character that has slipped our notice? None of these. In his "mess of superstitions" Math Jones has created a distant, mystical world where strings speak, knots stand in for relationships and the centuries fall away. One to read aloud by a log fire. Kathy Gee

Product code: 9781909208735

ISBN 9781909208735
No. Of Pages 128
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129
Publisher Arachne Press
You will not find The Knotsman in history books. Math Jones has created him, in a time very like the English Civil War, going from house to house, battlefield to gallows, unravelling knots and problems; a cunning man, not always welcome, not quite as clever as his fingers would have him believe