Waterlight: Selected Poems (Paperback)
The first U.S. publication of Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie, author of The Tree House, winner of the 2004 Forward Prize for best poetry collection
It isn't mine to give.
I can't coax this bird to my hand
that knows the depth of the river
yet sings of it on land.
—from "The Dipper"
For more than twenty years, Kathleen Jamie has been writing the poetry that has established her as "the leading Scottish poet of her generation" (The Sunday Times). Lyrical and meditative, her poems engage the natural world and human society with an authentic, earthly spirituality.
Waterlight at last makes Jamie's work available to American readers. Her poetry—rendered sometimes in the Scots dialect, sometimes in the descriptive bursts of a naturalist's field guide —confronts gender, sex, landscape, and nationhood with the vivacity of an essential poetic voice.
About the Author
Kathleen Jamie was born in the west of Scotland in 1962. Her poetry has appeared in seven collections, and in the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. She teaches at St. Andrews University and lives in Fife, Scotland.
Praise for Kathleen Jamie:
"This fierce, blanched singing verse is exquisitely gathered by a fine ear: here is a poet who knows how to break her lines, how to warm her syntax, how to repeat and exhort, how to tilt and dangle." --James Wood, London Review of Books