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8 October 2015

“Dance on the Mountain”: a new poem by P J Harvey

A snapshot of Kosovo.

By p j-harvey

*****

Following the release of P J Harvey’s album Let England Shake, she and the photographer Seamus Murphy travelled through Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, DC to explore ideas of conflict and power in the 21st century. The Hollow of the Hand (Bloomsbury Circus, £16.99) mixes old and new work from Murphy with poems by Harvey (such as “Dance on the Mountain”, set in Kosovo) in a well-produced collaboration. Both contain striking imagery. Murphy – who has won seven World Press Photo awards – has an original eye and a storyteller’s sense of an unfolding narrative, as in the picture above, taken in northern Kosovo in 1999. 

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