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Poems and prose, drawings and paintings by Katy Bentall

A 192-page book chock-full of Katy Bentall’s poetry, prose, and artwork about quotidian, seasonal, and creative rhythms in the Polish countryside.

Today on my ridge walk I go as far as the river, turning off down the secret path. I am going to see Peter’s boat. There it is, like a crocodile. I think twice before stepping onto it, but if I am to get close to the water without my feet disappearing into the squelchy grey mud, I must.

Sitting in the boat, leaning over and watching my reflection; taking off my shoes and walking back barefoot. That’s me.

And barefoot goes Katy Bentall through Greenwriting, a collection of her drawings, watercolors, poems, and prose-poetry dispatches from this patch of the Polish countryside.

Greenwriting unfolds from room to room in Katy’s wooden house, climbing the staircase between the boiler in the basement and the atelier under the roof. From the vantage of her patio and a ritual footpath, Katy explores the landscape around the house, which is tucked against the base of an escarpment between riverbanks and orchards thick with neighbors. And she whisks the reader to the marketplace in town, where we meet mainstays like Pear Man and Oregano Lady, Thyme Lady and Honey Man, purveyors of produce and snippets of local news.

The result is an intimate mapping of a small world richly populated by rooted locals (some booted, some hoofed) and wayfaring seeds and birds; and the contemplative diary of a poet-artist transplanted from England seeking to closely observe and document the lived environment around her.

Edition of 500; 2nd printing of 500 (2023)
192 pages, paperback, 10×14 cm, color offset, sewn & glued
Printed on Arctic Munken Print Cream 115 and Pure Rough 300
Designed by Pilar Rojo and Stefan Lorenzutti
Afterword by Louise Steinman

Katy Bentall is an artist and poet. She is the author of five zines: Pear Man, Ribbon Lady, The Fleur, 2 Tomato Ladies, and the forthcoming Tale of the Sea Stick (Punnet Press, 2020–2022); and two artist’s books, Positions and Pracownia (Salix alba, 2017 and 2020). Greenwriting is the result of Katy’s two-year collaboration with Bored Wolves. She divides her seasons between the countryside of eastern Poland, where she collects sticks, stones, and seeds, and the East Anglian coast (UK), where she collects flotsam and jetsam. She is currently at work on Promenade Pearls (Bored Wolves, 2023), a strolling study of the port town of Felixstowe, England.