‘We Have Only Come To Look’

“As a city dweller I find it very hard to take in the overwhelming beauty of the countryside: there is so much to see and it’s all around you, from under your feet to over your head! I wanted to put something into the countryside to help me understand it better”

“My way of containing that experience has been to put a frame around it, just like putting a frame round a photo. The more and more I thought about it, I realised I needed to add something else to help my understanding, so poetry was the natural solution.”

“Sylvia Plath’s poem New Year on Dartmoor was the perfect piece because it talks about being a visitor and only wanting to look. What has been a surprise is the relationship between the poem and the view, the language and the landscape, because they both seem to help each other.”

Stuart Bourne, 2002