Prose and Poetry by Richard England
“In this inspiring and disturbing book, Richard England combines his skills as writer, architect and visual artist to evoke the creation narratives of the Garden of Eden, the Fall, the slaying of Abel by Cain, and the banishment of the latter into the wilderness prior to the foundation of the first city and its eventual destruction in the Great Flood.
Combining hallucinatory prose and apocalyptic drawings, the author weaves together Biblical sources (the book of Genesis), insights into ancient civilizations, a sense of the timeless and a deep understanding of the primary human functions of the city as fact, protection, place, myth, and idea.
England retells old tales afresh, raising his narrative to an epic level through haunting poetic images of uninhabitable landscapes, surreal beasts and underwater worlds.
His visionary drawings of toppling towers, crumbling city walls and blood red skies, suggest a humanity at the breaking point, in the grip of existential and spiritual crises far away in time, yet curiously resonant today.” – William J.R. Curtis