The Mythteller trilogy, vol.3
Foreword by David Abram. Introduction by Paul Kingsnorth.
For the completion of the Mythteller trilogy, Shaw brings his attention to the local. Over four hard winters he walks into the mysteries of the Devonian landscape asking: what does it mean to trade comfort for shelter? What is the difference between being from a place and of a place?
In Scatterlings, Shaw brings the vocation of the mythteller back to its most ancient role: as a cultural historian of place.
“Martin Shaw is, without exaggeration, the most powerful writer of prose that I have read. In Scatterlings, Shaw casts off the domesticated language with which we have been inundated since our birth, and something wild, ancient, intelligent, and incredibly strong enters his words. And as those meaning-filled words penetrate us, deeply sleeping parts of the self begin to awaken. We see again with luminous eyes, hear again the shimmer of Earth in language; a portal opens and the power of out there begins moving through the in here. A wild light begins to gleam in our eyes, our hair grows long, our language begins to shift, and in some inexplicable way, as humans long ago understood we could, we begin to become old growth ourselves.” –Stephen Harrod Buhner, award-winning author of Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm
“The heart has a true north, says Martin Shaw. He uses it. His work combines a magnificence of soul with a deft acuity of intellect, portraying a quintessential comprehension of the human spirit in its mythic path. He writes in a rare register of an earthy seer and I am in awe.” –Jay Griffiths, author of Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape