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.

  • The work and wonder of bees

    The work and wonder of bees

    Published on Tuesday 28 May 2019

    Bees work hard, and there is something in their diligence that touches us. Most of us see only a fraction of their absorbing routines but their ‘bee-lines’ through our parks and gardens are more than enough to suggest their tireless dedication. Here are poems about getting stung and about a bee-keeping Divinity master in a […]

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  • Poems that capture the beauty and magic of horses

    Poems that capture the beauty and magic of horses

    Published on Wednesday 24 April 2019

    The poems in this selection take us on an exhilarating canter through our friendships with horses. Along the way, we meet an edgy stallion waiting for his winter bale and a pony picking her way across paddocks after having her hooves trimmed. There are also encounters of a quieter kind – a moment lingering at […]

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  • Poems exploring the vivid worlds of the very young

    Poems exploring the vivid worlds of the very young

    Published on Thursday 28 March 2019

    Childhood must be one of poetry’s very favourite subjects. Countless poems try to capture the light and shade of being very young – moments that lodge vividly in our adult memories. This beautiful mini-anthology ventures off the beaten track with poems that will be new to many readers. From Seamus Heaney’s railway children full of […]

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