Worlds known and worlds imagined: a batch of new poems by Jackie Kay, from her own empathetic store, catching her at her typical best – warm, lyrical, affectionate, funny, fiercely political and often profound.
Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. She has published five collections of poetry for adults (The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire Award and a Scottish Arts Council Book Award) and several for children. She was awarded an MBE in 2006.
“The store (in ‘The Lochaline Stores’) is empathetic because it knows, and sells, everything. But the whole book is a store of empathy – for the West Highland landscape of present and memory: evocative descriptions of seals, a kingfisher, waiting for a ferry, a night drive where the cattle grid ‘clears its throat.’ And empathy for the people in the poems: the parents lovingly celebrating their Diamond Wedding; the asylum seeker longing to buy her own African food; the mother’s ‘water-retaining’ feet; the ‘long promise’ to a first love. A beautiful collection which repays reading again and again.”
– Anne Ballard, Scottish Poetry Library volunteer
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