Ted Hughes: Wodwo
There is the inner life, which is the world of final reality, the world of memory, emotion, imagination, intelligence, and natural common sense, and which goes on all the time like the heartbeat. There is also the thinking process by which we break into that inner life and capture answers and evidence to support the answers out of it. That process of raid, or persuasion, or ambush, or dogged hunting, or surrender, is the kind of thinking we have to learn and if we do not somehow learn it, then our minds lie in us like the fish in the pond of a man who cannot fish.
My 2016 drawing ‘The Accuser’ mocked-up as a cover for another of Ted’s early poetry collections. I’ve also mocked-up designs for Lupercal, Wolfwatching, Crow and Hawk In The Rain. There’s also my portrait of Ted Hughes. He’s been a big influence on my ideas about the world beyond the human, but it wasn’t a conscious influence, more of a consistent background hum, a wavelength that had been transmitting throughout my life, waiting for me to finally tune into it.