Modern Nature

Derek Jarman


University Of Minnesota Press, 2009. Softcover, 320pp., 5.5 x 8.5 inches


Epiphanies infuse Modern Nature, Derek Jarman’s diaries from 1989 to 1990, with their ebullient evocations of gardening. For Jarman, planting flowers at his wind- and sea-blasted cottage and then reciting their names (endlessly, passionately) becomes sex, becomes the fullness he’s on his way to leaving as he grows sicker from AIDS.

 Village Voice Literary Supplement