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John Hopper

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John Hopper is a writer, editor, historian & environmental scientist.

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  • Hollow Promise
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    Hollow Promise

    2 years ago

    John Hopper Hollow promise by John Hopper C’est presque au bout du monde, ma barque vagabonde errant au gré de l’onde m’y conduisit un jour. It was almost to the end of the...

  • Music as Symbol
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    Music as Symbol

    4 years ago

    Orpheus Picture by Giovanni Dall'Orto Music is symbolic of nature in its transitory and ever-changing aspect; it is the relative, but contains an underlying reality, the music of the spheres and of life. An auditory...

  • Princess Mononoke
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    Princess Mononoke

    4 years ago

    Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 environmental fable, is set in a mythologised fourteenth century Japan. Ashitaka, a young prince, battles and kills, Nago, a wild boar demon that is threatening his...

  • Two Poems
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    Two Poems

    4 years ago

    John Hopper paint your life the way is clear paint your world bring it here to this place to this time where your fear where your hope paint my eyes fill my view tell my soul what you...

  • Bogeys!
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    Bogeys!

    4 years ago

    Monsters of the Id, no longer staying hid And terrors of the night out in broad daylight Mose Allison (1969) Bogeymen, ogres, hungry witches in gingerbread houses, Maurice Sendak's ‘Wild...

  • Classified Material
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    Classified Material

    4 years ago

    Carolus Linnaeus smiles his ethereal smile. Perched above the layered clusters of viridian, awl-like foliage atop the Araucaria heterophylla, he gazes lovingly beyond his invisible feet, tracing the pattern of spreading...

  • Seascape
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    Seascape

    4 years ago

    Some songs can take your breath away. Listening to the radio many years ago, I first heard Song to the Siren performed by a group called ‘This Mortal Coil’. I was entranced. The ethereal female voice hovered...

  • Angela Carter: her view of writing
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    Angela Carter: her view of writing

    4 years ago

    ‘I had a little problem with facts...’[1] Gut reaction I am known in my circle as notoriously foul-mouthed. It’s a familiar paradox—the soft-spoken, middle-aged English gentlewoman who swears...

  • Ballard's Drowned World
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    Ballard's Drowned World

    2 years ago

    ‘The one hazard facing science fiction, the Trojan Horse being trundled towards its expanding ghetto ... is that faceless creature, literary criticism.’ JG Ballard One of the catastrophe novels Ballard...

  • Only Words
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    Only Words

    4 years ago

    Only Words It's not so much that you should like stories, the real point is that the stories must like you. A sunny midsummer day. There is such a thing sometimes, even in Storyville. Along the hot,...

  • Ephemeral
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    Ephemeral

    4 years ago

    John Hopper I am near the junction of the Findhorn and the Divie. This particular spot is known as Randolph’s Leap. Thomas Randolph was the 1st Earl of Moray, nephew to Robert the Bruce and a leading commander in...

  • Silence still
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    Silence still

    4 years ago

    John Hopper No voice; but oh! the silence sank Like music on my heart. (Coleridge) I need silence to make sense of what surrounds me. The gaps between sounds are borderlands separating yet straddling...

  • Natural Reflections
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    Natural Reflections

    4 years ago

    John Hopper Mist forms above the lake's surface. The wind holds its breath. Trees stand still. Not a stir from the reeds and lily pads. Sounds carry with crystal clarity then echo off distant hillsides. From some way...

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