The ten poems in our revised and updated edition offer a taste 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 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:
“The Firth is miles and I have come
Back to find Loch Thom maybe
In this light does not recognise me.”
from ‘Loch Thom’ by WS Graham
Don Paterson is a poet, musician and academic. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews.
Cover illustration by Iain McIntosh.