Reading: ‘Dunston Checks Out’ by Constance Bourg

In a continuation of my series of readings from The Anthropocene Hymnal, today Constance Bourg gives a moving and thought-provoking reading of her poem ‘Dunston Checks Out.’

Constance Bourg reads ‘Dunston Checks Out’
Constance Bourg
Constance Bourg

Constance Bourg lives in the Flemish part of Belgium, where she volunteers at her local library. Her poems have appeared in Paper DragonRogue AgentThe Poetry ShedBlanket SeaThe Pink Plastic House anthology and the Emma Press anthology of illness. She also dabbles in collage and is currently working on a book-long erasure poetry and collage project transforming Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book. She leads a part-time life because of an invisible disability called ME/CFS.

Anthropocene Hymnal
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The latest Five Star review of The Anthropocene Hymnal:

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Maybe I’m biased as two of my poems are in this book of ‘songs of a self-defining era’, but this anthology of work by a wide range of poets from across the world, many of whom I know, reaches deep into the heart of our current situation, ‘dangling at the brink of absolute meltdown’. From the beautiful cover artwork to the final poem in the collection by editor and poet Ingrid Wilson, which asks us to ‘leave a light footprint’, I cannot tire of exploring the poetry contained within this volume. I love the way the poems interact; the best examples of this are ‘Between’ by Kerfe Roig and its reply by Amber Fields, and ‘When we fall’ by Jane Dougherty and ‘Turning Point’ by Jim Feeney. Many of the poems are about nature, some about its demise and others about hope for its future, one of my favourites being ‘Whale Petroglyph’ by David Cohea. The Anthropocene Hymnal should be read by everyone, including those who do not believe in climate change – it will change their minds.

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  1. Beautiful description of a majestic creature. Chilling and heartbreaking ending to a poignant poem. Moving reading. Excellent job Constance. 👏🏼

  2. Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments <3 and thank you again Ingrid for this wonderful opportunity. I'm really glad that I get to be a part of this important collection of poetry. I love the anthology!

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