A Cajun Chapbook

A Cajun Chapbook

£20.00

184 pp. 109 ILLUSTRATIONS: Chris Broughton, Howard Eaglestone (plus Cover, left), Christopher Fox, Ian Gardner, Andrew Griffiths, Gary Hincks, Dave Lee, Caroline Jones, Grahame Jones, Nicholas Sloan, Mark Stewart, Andrew Townsend, Peter Waite. AUDIO CASSETTE TAPE, ‘A Cajun Musical Box’: Christopher Fox; Rico Bell and Jon-Boy Langford (of ‘The Mekons’); and Bayou Gumbo (a further 6 musicians); engineered by Rob Worby. TEXTS:
~ Patrick Eyres. Arcady (Introduction. Arcadians, Acadians, Cajuns: enforced emigration, exile and transcendence).
I. ARCADIAN: ~ Patrick Eyres, Wendy Frith. In the Garden of Venus (sexual allusion in the 18C landscape garden at Stowe, with reference to Spring Gardens, Studley Royal, Hackfall and Medmenham).
~ Ian Hamilton Finlay. Six Proposals for the Improvement of Stockwood Park in the Borough of Luton (with Gary Hincks), 1985; and the Seventh Proposal (with Nicholas Sloan), 1992 (unrealized).
~ Patrick Eyres. A People’s Arcadia: the Ian Hamilton Finlay Sculpture Garden at Stockwood Park, Luton (opened, 1991).
~ Christopher Fox. Piano score and commentary: I sing for the Muses and myself (1992), composed for this NAJ as a tribute to Finlay; musical score and commentary: Nova Scotia, A New Ballad (1750).
II. ACADIAN: ~ Stuart Rawnsley. The Improving Landlord (18C estate Improvement and Scottish emigration to Nova Scotia and Acadia).
~ Michael Charlesworth. The Jumbled Bones of Acadie (Memories of Another Time culled from the US National Park Service Map of the Acadia National Park).
~ Michael Charlesworth. ‘Deep Down to the Secret Source of All’: Pratt Farm, Maine, Garden of History (the earthwork landscape constructed by James Pierce during the 1970s).
~ Patrick Eyres. Europe One, Acadia Cool. (A Meditation on ‘Happy Valley’ as a site of the pastoral, of camouflage and of the NATO airbase in Canada).
III. CAJUN: ~ Michael Charlesworth. Weathering the Storm, Cajun Style (resilience in the face of elemental and WASP pressures).
~ Harry Gumbo. La Musique des Cajuns.
~ Doyle Moore. Cajun Cooking (an essay and 6 recipes).

Description

NAJ 33/34 (1992). Arcadian = Acadian = Cajun: A Gardenist Compendium from the Arcadian Triangle (Europe, Canada, U.S.A.), including the 20th century gardens of  James Pierce at Pratt Farm, Maine, USA, and Ian Hamilton Finlay at Stockwood Park, Luton, UK (with audio cassette tape, ‘A Cajun Musical Box’).