A Choosing: Selected Poems

Liz Lochhead, Scotland's Makar, or national poet, is a writer and performer of immense warmth, wit and tenderness. She is a natural storyteller, and her instinctive feel for rhythm and voice constantly delight. In A Choosing, she presents a crafted, personal selection of poems published over the last four decades, along with new work. At times poignant, at others funny, always heartfelt and full of verve, A Choosing is a celebration of one of Britain's finest contemporary poets


"Liz Lochhead is one of Scotland's favourite poets and this collection, chosen by the poet herself, is essentially a 'greatest hits' spanning her twenty-year career. A Choosing is a wonderful way to introduce yourself to the ubiquitous Liz Lochhead or to (re)discover new (and old) favourites. Speaking with a 'definitive Lochhead'-style open and frank voice, this collection embodies all the pathos of a Glaswegian music hall performance: it is sympathetic, sorrowful, bawdy and hilariously funny. These poems want to be performed aloud, if not sung!"

- Rosyln Potter, Scottish Poetry Library volunteer

Publisher: Polygon Books
Year: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-84697-207-2
Paperback, Scottish
Front cover of A Choosing by Liz Lochhead