Writer Spotlight: Oscar Gaynor

We are pleased to soon be publishing an essay inspired by the poppy, written by Oscar Gaynor. Take a sneak peak... 

The poppy is the inverse of the sunflower, that other flower that can be seen growing en masse in fields of solid colour. It turns its head to face the sun and traces the movement of the day, facing westward in the evening hungry for the last ray. The poppy faces the ground, though, just as sleepwalkers do – those wakers in exile – and as commuters count passing pavement slabs on the way back home. Poppies rest their faces on the earth, seeking like I do a sort of restive oblivion, and like the poppy goddess, a blissful state of forgetfulness.
— from Sleepless and Circular by Oscar Gaynor

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Papaver rhoeas from M.A. Burnett’s ‘Plantae utiliores; or Illustrations of Useful Plants, employed in the Arts and Medicine’, 1842

Papaver rhoeas from M.A. Burnett’s ‘Plantae utiliores; or Illustrations of Useful Plants, employed in the Arts and Medicine’, 1842