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These poems unfold with a supernatural intensity, alternately dark and celebratory, that set them apart from other treatments of the subject. Through the perspectives of emigrant and native, critic and intimate, Jamie addresses Scotland in all its living complexity.

Jizzen reveals a writer coming into poetic maturity just as her nation begins to fully assume its own identit
Paperback, 49 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Macmillan UK
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John Keith
Dec 22, 2012 John Keith rated it it was amazing
Just gorgeous, intense, strong, playful. Need to remember to re-read regularly!
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Sep 21, 2012 Angela Young rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing
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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