Mark Stewart writes with a social and environmental conscience; hoping to redress the balance in favour ofMother Nature. Often found deep in the woods of magical realism, in the company of wolves and other metamorphic creatures, or in the literary edgelands where the rarest orchids grow. Writing within earshot of the “sounding sea,” finding much inspiration in the sunken bowers of the ocean. Published in The Caterpillar, Paper Lanterns, Canopy anthology, NFFD 2021 Legerdemain, Odyssey e-zine, Spaceflight and The Norman Mailer Journal.
Of the poem, Mark states:
‘I was motivated to write the poem after seeing a field of sunflowers on the South Downs where I am fortunate enough to live. As I looked at the flowers with their golden yellow crowns, I thought how alive they looked, and of the piece of music written by Ennio Morricone entitled The Ecstasy of Gold from the soundtrack to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It's hard to think of a flower more ecstatically alive that these remarkable "giants."’