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This collection of poetry is on varying subjects, from rowing to a series of baby poems called Ultrasound, which is part of a longer work commissioned by BBC Radio 4.
Paperback, 49 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Macmillan UK
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John Keith
Just gorgeous, intense, strong, playful. Need to remember to re-read regularly!
Angela Young
These are glorious otherworldly and worldly poems. Jizzen is old Scots for childbed - which reminds me, I read a poem in the TLS yesterday called Childbed by Fiona Benson which is earthily physical and strange and not-at-all strange. Anyway Jizzen is wonder-ful. Here are three lines from 'Prayer', the seventh part of the poem 'Ultrasound':

Our baby's heart, on the sixteen-week scan
was a fluttering bird, held in cupped hands.

... which Jamie likens to St Kev
Kathleen Jamie can write! Some of her poems are magical, others center on the domestic, but all are wonderful. I have introduced her work to other friends (poets) and they are wowed by her too.
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Kathleen Jamie is a poet, essayist and travel writer, one of a remarkable clutch of Scottish writers picked out in 1994 as the ‘new generation poets’ – it was a marketing ploy at the time but turns out to have been a very prescient selection. She became Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Stirling in 2011.
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