Reviewed by Raquel Thorne
At first glance, with its title and black and white images of an ant and a moon, A Picnic in England appears to promise a rather straight forward picnicking account. However, what quickly unfolds is a bittersweet love story reminiscent of the minimalistic sensuality of Richard Cohn and the straightforward tenderness of Pablo Neruda. And the graphics? What appears simple at first glance quickly builds its own magic.
Due to the brevity of the chapbook, I hesitate to divulge more specifics. But, with permission from both poet and accompanying artist, Amy Lynn Hess, a brief taste:
I’m holding her. She’s buzzing. We’re electric motors. It’s a painful sensation.
A Picnic in England is a book for those who adore nuance, crispness of language, and a pairing of art with their literature.