Nettle-Eater - the chapbook
You were never more lost than you are now, if you cannot reach out, touch the wild earth and weep...
Living wild on Dartmoor, a man eats only nettles. His body disappears; he learns to fly. He encounters demigods and eloquent trees. He is Nettle-Eater, crooked, arrogant, self-proclaimed bastard of the moor. This is his testament. By the author of Sometimes a Wild God, also available from Hedgespoken Press.
You can read the text of Nettle-Eater in full here.
First seen in a previous version in Dark Mountain III, Nettle-Eater is a short, sharp prose-howl in the direction of genuine and magical wildness and an uncompromising love-letter to the wild places of Dartmoor. Hovering over the pages is the ghost of Milarepa, the Tibetan saint who - it is said - survived on a nettle-diet for seven years, achieved a powerful enlightenment and became Tibet's best-loved bad-kid-turned-good. Nettle-Eater is written to be read aloud as a prayer to the wild earth and a reminder to us mortals that our lives are short and on fire and that there is no better time to remember our essential nature than this instant, no better time to discard the masquerade of our civilised lives than now...
This edition of Tom Hirons' Nettle-Eater is riso-printed on 100% recycled paper (100gsm internal, 170gsm Kraft cover) in England by Footprint workers' co-op, using soya-based black ink.
Cover illustration by Rima Staines.
Dimensions: 4.2″ x 5.9″ (A6) 32pp.
Second edition - 1st printing.