The sun trickles though calligraphy on the pine-tops and the path becomes a chess board of dark and light, a swithering of midges one moment there, the next, no more, illusion performed. A train shaves the edge of the tree-line, shooting towards Dundee, its long drawn out ebb more of a wind than a wind that kneels in prayer in a green and grand cathedral; only a startled roe deer breaks the quiet, beating retreat on dead wood, tree-root and tussock; or a woodpecker with his rapid tattoo at the start of work. It finishes in a portico of light, which bottles all of the business of beyond.
Born in Paisley in 1948, Ian Nimmo White was the Professional Youth and Community Officer with Fife Council from 1972 to 2004, and lives in Leslie, Fife. He started writing seriously in 1994, and his poetry has appeared in many literary magazines across the UK and in Australia and Canada. From 1998 to 2003, he edited the magazine Fife Lines, a multi-level poetry journal supported by the Scottish Arts Council, which uniquely included the best work from senior high school pupils in Scotland.
His collections include Standing Back (Petrel, 2000) and Symmetry (2007). His poem 'Kirkforthar' represented the area around the Lomond Hills in Fife as part of the Scottish Poetry Library's Poetry Map of Scotland.Read more about this poet