Jim Carruth is from Renfrewshire. His background is in farming, from which much of his inspiration has hitherto been drawn. His first collection, Bovine Pastoral, came out in 2004, followed by four further pamphlet collections, most recently Working the Hill (Mariscat, 2011). He has acquired a reputation as Scotland’s leading rural poet, a man who brings farm and field together in lyric mode.
Rider at the Crossing is different from Carruth’s previous writing. The poems are wide-ranging, often unsettling, with an acute sense of human fragility. Perspectives shift rapidly, from local to global. At their heart is a man reflecting on life and mortality, a person who has—in more than one sense—reached a crossing.
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