- Title Pages
- Abbreviations and Citations
1.A Poetics of Listening
2.Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Taking a Vacation in the Autonomous Region
- Off the Page
4.Transcending the Urban: The Queen of Sheba
5.‘Proceeding Without a Map’: Kathleen Jamie and the Lie of the Land
6.‘An Orderly Rabble’: Plural Identities in Jizzen
7.‘Sweet-Wild Weeks’: Birth, Being and Belonging in Jizzen
- Even If
8.‘The Tilt from One Parish to Another’: The Tree House and Findings
9.Repetition, Return and the Negotiation of Place in The Tree House
- A Man, a Former Environmental Activist Turned PR Consultant for Logging Companies, Defends His Choices
10.Form in The Tree House
11.Nature and Embodiment in This Weird Estate
- What the Water Says
12.Into the Centre of Things: Poetic Travel Narratives in the Work of Kathleen Jamie and Nan Shepherd
13.‘Connective Leaps’: Sightlines and The Overhaul
- To KJ, in her Attic
14.Life Lines, Sight Lines: Collaborative Works
15.Midlife Music: The Overhaul and Frissure
16.‘We Do Language Like Spiders Do Webs’: Kathleen Jamie and Michael Longley in Conversation
- Notes on Contributors
- (p.1) Introduction
- Kathleen Jamie
- Edinburgh University Press
Surveying the range of Kathleen Jamie's corpus to date, from the earliest collection of verse (Black Spiders,1982) to her poetry collection The Overhaul (2012), her volume of nature essays, Sightlines (2012), and her mixed media work, Frissures (2013), this introduction assesses Kathleen Jamie’s contribution to contemporary poetry on a national and international scale. Restless, complex and intelligent, yet always lucid and clear, Jamie's imagination is of that rare kind that resonates with every kind of reader, from general readers to specialists. This introduction argues that Kathleen Jamie has emerged as a writer of singular originality, skill and artistic vision. Her vision casts light on the way we live in relation to non-human beings in the twenty-first century, and it stimulates us into imagining how we might live better, with a greater awareness, appreciation and responsiveness to our environment than we currently do.
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