Happy New Year!

It seems fitting to start a New Year in the Poetry Room reading the wonderful Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie’s inspiring collection The Overhaul (Picador, 2012). These are poems of reflection and review, repair and reorientation. Jamie’s voice comes to us as if carried by the wind – finding a place for itself, the human, among the elements, land and seascape, the vast reaches of time and space and the quotidian concerns of the domestic. She catches what she sees in few words and unerring rhythms, resisting anything that doesn’t accord with the truth of what lasts and what is lost. The poems we’ll be focussing on include:

The Beach
Hawk and Shadow
The Stags
The Gather
The Overhaul
An Avowal
The Galilean Moons
Glamourie

Make it your New Year resolution to come along and read Kathleen Jamie’s poems with fellow poetry lovers in the City Library on Tuesday 8 January 2013 (third floor, at the back). This session is a week later than usual because of the immoveable feast of New Year but we’ll be back to the first Tuesday of the month for subsequent sessions: put those dates in your diary.

Warm wishes to you all – looking forward to another vibrant and exciting year of poetry

Anna & Linda