Poems celebrating the beauty and variety of a unique tradition

Poems celebrating the beauty and variety of a unique tradition

Published on Monday 3 December 2018

The ten poems in our revised and updated edition offer a fascinating snapshot of the poetry of Scotland. Some poems explore ideas around identity and change, exile and belonging. Others focus on landscape and place, or are principally about language itself.

As our editor Don Paterson writes in his vivid introduction, Scottish poets “…excel, I think, at the anti-baroque: leaving words standing so sharp and stark and bold on the page that you can hear the wind whistle round them”.

There is plenty of warmth and humanity here too, and a bittersweet longing for the places of childhood.  This is a selection that opens a door on a unique and fascinating poetic tradition.

  • Celebrating the glory of trees

    Celebrating the glory of trees

    Published on Monday 4 March 2019

    Many of us have a favourite tree.  It may be one we remember from childhood – a tree we loved to climb in or swing from or hide behind. Or perhaps it’s one of the ancient and majestic yews or oaks that stand sentinel in churchyards and on village greens, hardly seeming to change as […]

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  • Poems exploring the warp and weft of marriage

    Poems exploring the warp and weft of marriage

    Published on Monday 4 February 2019

    “If ever two were one, then surely we.” So says the seventeenth-century poet Anne Bradstreet. These days, her portrayal of the marriage bond as one of unconditional mutual devotion might underestimate the complexity of the husband/wife relationship. The other poems in this vivid and entertaining mini-anthology – published just in time for Valentine’s Day – […]

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  • It’s never too early for a poem

    It’s never too early for a poem

    Published on Wednesday 30 January 2019

    Some of us skip breakfast protesting that it’s too early to eat. But it can never be too early for a poem, and this enticing selection offers delights that anyone would wish to be awake for – including three new poems that were winners in our breakfast poem competition. Billy Collins buzzing around his house […]

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