The great Polly Jean Harvey released Let England Shake, her last album, nearly four years ago. If she’s been working on a new full-length since then, we don’t know about it. We do know, however, that she’s been working on something else: The Hollow Of The Hand, her first collection of poetry. It’ll arrive in stores next October.
Pitchfork reports that Harvey put together the book, which combines images with poems, along with Seamus Murphy, the wartime photographer who worked with her on all her Let England Shake videos. Together, Murphy and Harvey traveled the world from 2011 to 2014, visiting places like Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C. Here’s how Harvey describes the project in a press release:
Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with. My friend Seamus Murphy and I agreed to grow a project together – I would collect words, he would collect pictures, following our instincts on where we should go.
The Hollow Of The Hand is out 10/20, via Bloomsbury Circus.