Dark Mountain: Issue 5


The fifth Dark Mountain book was published  in April 2014. It’s a 280-page hardback framed by a diptych of etchings by Jess X Chen and Noel’le Longhaul, Emerge, Collapse, which fill the front and back covers. It features 47 essays, poems, stories and plays, and 16 colour plates.

Essays and conversations:  Tim Fox recalls his childhood home, nine miles from Cape Canaveral, from where he watched the take-off of Apollo 17; Paul Kingsnorth  takes us down into the Black Chamber of the Grotte de Niaux for an encounter with the sacred; Akshay Ahuja journeys into the stories of the Mahabharata, puzzling through its strange visions of fertility;  Matt Szabo leads us from Max Weber’s Iron Cage of modernity to the Willow Cage of ethical consumerism, with a little help from Zygmunt Bauman; Lauren Eden and Alastair McIntosh visit the Isle of Lewis, gathering memories of the seamen’s strike of 1966, when the community’s supplies were cut off for six weeks, and ask: how would they, or any of us, cope with such a breakdown in the supply chains today?  And more …

Fiction: Sharon English digs for ginseng in the abandoned lands of Ontario’s first Gold Rush; Margaret Irish tells a story of people and a river; Cara Verkerk paints  an artist’s wild dream; Anthony Sorge drives over speedbumps; and more.

Poetry: from Clint Stevens, Vivian Demuth, Joanna Lilley, Burl Horniachek, Tanya Massey, Alicia Cole, Marytn Halsall, Anita Sullivan, David Troupes, Dan Grace, Frances Cannon, George Brooks, Louise Oates, Billy Templeton III, Samantha M Harvey, Cate Chapman, Roselle Angwin, Timothy Dodd and J D Smith.

Art: Our new art editor, Charlotte Du Cann, has redesigned our colour sections, which feature work from Richard Bracken, Zanny Mellor, Thomas Keyes, Laura Copsey, Louise Oates, James Aldridge, Oliver Raymond-Barker, Patrik Qvist and Katrine Skovsgaard. There’s also a photographic reflection on the four years of our Uncivilisation festival, accompanied by an essay from Dougald Hine.

Three tasters from the book: