Holly Corfield Carr is a poet and Research Fellow in English at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. Her current research explores site-specific writing practices, shells and caves.
Holly Corfield Carr
“That sunny dome! those caves of ice!”: Hunting Bison in Modernist Caves
In the autumn of 1941, David Jones is carving “bison in the caves of ice” into a hurried single-page fragment, one of the early “experiments” which would, a decade later, yield his late modernist epic poem The Anathemata. Before the final manuscript’s publication in 1952, both the bison and their ice caves will disappear from Jones’s drafts, their meltwater pooling in the footnotes where Jones anticipates the end of the world: