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This bleating life-bundle has to survive — for the old man, for itself, for me.
about the poem
'vii. flock master' is from a larger sequence of poems, 'Spring', which is taken from Glasgow Makar Jim Carruth's new book Killochries. It's a verse novella that describes the life of a remote sheep farm over the course of twelve months. Two men, a sheep farmer and a relative, a young man who has spent his life until then living in the city, learn to respect each other over the year.
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Spring is slowly but surely coming. It's useful to be reminded that for some people spring is more than lighter nights and putting the hot water bottles away until September. For farmers, the season signals a new cycle of work, and few poets know better the rhythms of the land than Jim Carruth. A farmer himself, his work has an unmissable whiff of authenticity.
Jim Carruth is a Renfrewshire-based poet who grew up on his parents' dairy farm. He is one of the founders of St Mungo's Mirrorball, a network of Glasgow-based poets, and is the artistic adviser for StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival. His first collection, Bovine Pastoral, came out in 2004. In 2014, he became Glasgow's Makar. His most recent collection is Killochries, a verse novella, tracking the relationship of two very different men working a remote sheep farm over the course of twelve months.