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The Tree House

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For several years now, Kathleen Jamie's work has addressed two principal concerns: how we negotiate with the natural world, and how we should define our conduct within family and society. In " The Tree House" Jamie argues - as Burns did before her - for an engagement of the whole being through a kind of practical earthly spirituality. These often startling encounters with...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published January 17th 2004 by Picador USA (first published January 2004)
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Mandy Haggith
Absolutely brilliant. Many of these poems are short and all of them have a clarity that makes them easy to read, yet they contain within their apparent simplicity tremendous depth. The book contains one of my favourite tree poems - Alder - and these lines give a sample of how Kathleen Jamie combines well-researched accuracy with bottomless questioning..

alder, who unfolded
before the receding glaciers

first one leaf then another,
won't you teach me

a way to live
on this damp ambiguous earth?

Brian Robbins
Initially I was disappointed with this book, having read her prose with "Findings". "Alders" reminded me of nothing more in its structure than "Expiring Frog" in "Pickwick Papers".

However, having got over the initial disappointment, there are many really good poems in the volume. A library borrowing that is next on my list to buy.
one of my Scottish poetry books far, love it (or as they would say in Scotland, brilliant!)
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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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