New Release Books by Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie is the author of Archipelago Anthology (2021), Surfacing (2019), Falco e ombra. Testo inglese a fronte. Ediz. bilingue (2019), Selected Poems (2018) and other 44 books.

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Surfacing

release date: Sep 24, 2019
Surfacing
“[Kathleen Jamie’s] essays guide you softly along coastlines of varying continents, exploring caves, and pondering ice ages until the narrator stumbles over — not a rock on the trail, but mortality, maybe the earth’s, maybe our own, pointing to new paths forward through the forest.” —Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing, “By the Book” in The New York Times Book Review. An immersive exploration of time and place in a shrinking world, from the award-winning author of Sightlines. In this remarkable blend of memoir, cultural history, and travelogue, poet and author Kathleen Jamie touches points on a timeline spanning millennia, and considers what surfaces and what reconnects us to our past. From the thawing tundra linking a Yup''ik village in Alaska to its hunter-gatherer past to the shifting sand dunes revealing the impressiely preserved homes of neolithic farmers in Scotland, Jamie explores how the changing natural world can alter our sense of time. Most movingly, she considers, as her father dies and her children leave home, the surfacing of an older, less tethered sense of herself. In precise, luminous prose, Surfacing offers a profound sense of time passing and an antidote to all that is instant, ephemeral, unrooted.

Falco e ombra. Testo inglese a fronte. Ediz. bilingue

release date: Jan 01, 2019

Selected Poems

release date: Oct 18, 2018
Selected Poems
Kathleen Jamie’s Selected Poems gathers together some of the finest work by one of the foremost poets currently writing in English. Although Jamie is perhaps best known for her writing on nature, landscape, and place, Selected Poems shows the full and remarkably diverse range of her work – and why many regard her work as crucially relevant to our troubled age. No poet currently writing has a keener eye or ear; no poet has paid more careful attention to the other consciousnesses with whom we share the planet – and no poet has Jamie’s almost miraculous ability to show us just how the world might look when the human eye ceases to gaze on it. This exceptional collection of poetry, spanning several decades, allows readers to chart the development of one of our most important contemporary talents, and serves as perfect introduction to her work.

The Bonniest Companie

release date: Oct 08, 2015
The Bonniest Companie
In her extraordinary collection, Kathleen Jamie examines her native Scotland - a country at once wild and contained, rural and urban - and her place within it. In the author''s own words: ''2014 was a year of tremendous energy in my native Scotland, and knowing I wanted to embrace that energy and participate in my own way, I resolved to write a poem a week, and follow the cycle of the year.'' The poems also venture into childhood and family memory - and look to ahead to the future. The Bonniest Companie is a visionary response to a year shaped and charged by both local and global forces, and will stand as a remarkable document of our times.

The Overhaul

release date: Feb 17, 2015
The Overhaul
Winner of the 2012 Costa Poetry Award, the latest collection by Kathleen Jamie, "the leading Scottish poet of her generation" (The Sunday Times) See when it all unravels—the entire project reduced to threads of moss fleeing a nor''wester; d''you ever imagine chasing just one strand, letting it lead you to an unsung cleft in a rock, a place you could take to, dig yourself in—but what are the chances of that? Of the birds, few remain all winter; half a dozen waders mediate between sea and shore, that space confirmed—don''t laugh—by your own work. —from "Materials" The Overhaul continues Kathleen Jamie''s lyric inquiry into the aspects of the world our rushing lives elide, and even threaten. Whether she is addressing birds or rivers, or the need to accept loss, or, sometimes, the desire to escape our own lives, her poetry is earthy and rigorous, her language at once elemental and tender. The Overhaul is a midlife book of repair, restitution, and ultimately hope—of the wisest and most worldly kind.

Sightlines

release date: Sep 10, 2013
Sightlines
Winner of the 2014 Orion Book Award for Nonfiction Winner of the John Burroughs Association 2014 Medal for Distinguished Natural History Book In Sightlines, Kathleen Jamie reports from the field—from her native Scottish “byways and hills” to the frigid Arctic in fourteen enthralling essays. She dissects whatever her gaze falls upon—vistas of cells beneath a hospital microscope, orcas rounding a headland, the aurora borealis lighting up the frozen sea. In so doing, she questions what, exactly, constitutes “nature,” and upends the idea that it is always picturesque. Written with precision, subtlety, and wry humor, Sightlines urges the reader: “Keep looking, even when there’s nothing much to see.”

Who Built Scotland

release date: Sep 13, 2018
Who Built Scotland
Experience a new history of Scotland told through its places. Writers Kathleen Jamie, Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, James Robertson and James Crawford pick twenty-five buildings to tell the story of the nation.Travelling across the country, from abandoned islands and lonely glens to the heart of our modern cities, these five authors seek out the diverse narrative of the Scottish people. Follow Kathleen Jamie as she searches for the traces of our first family hearths in the Cairngorms and makes a midsummer journey to Shetland to meet the unlikely new inhabitants of an Iron Age broch. Tour the wondrous and macabre Surgeons'' Hall with Alexander McCall Smith, or walk with him over sacred ground to Iona''s ancient Abbey. Join Alistair Moffat as he discovers a lost whisky village in the wilds of Strathconon, and climbs up through the vertiginous layers of history in Edinburgh Castle. Accompany James Robertson as he goes from the standing stones of Callanish to the humble cottage of Hugh MacDiarmid - via the engineering colossus of the Forth Rail Bridge. And journey with James Crawford from a packed crowd in Hampden Park, to an off-the-grid eco-bothy on the Isle of Eigg.Who Built Scotland is a landmark exploration of Scotland''s social, political and cultural histories. Moving from Neolithic families, exiled hermits and ambitious royal dynasties to highland shieling girls, peasant poets, Enlightenment philosophers and iconoclastic artists, it places our people, our ideas and our passions at the heart of our architecture and archaeology. This is the remarkable story how we have shaped our buildings and how our buildings, in turn, have shaped us.

Penguin Modern Poets 4

release date: Apr 27, 2017
Penguin Modern Poets 4
Other Ways to Leave the Room features the work of three of the most beloved and lauded poets currently at large. Between them, Kathleen Jamie, Don Paterson and Nick Laird write lyrical, luminous and often darkly witty poems about the rugged wildness of the Scottish landscape; about fatherhood; about whisky-drinking, alcohol abuse and tenement life; about sex, love and the pursuit of the spiritual; about childhood in the Ireland of the Troubles, and about the strange possibilities of the technological future. What all three have in common is an ability to combine observations of gritty real life with a sense of the mythical proportions always lurking just under the surface of the everyday. The Penguin Modern Poets are succinct guides to the richness and diversity of contemporary poetry. Every volume brings together representative selections from the work of three poets now writing, allowing the curious reader and the seasoned lover of poetry to encounter the most exciting voices of our moment.

La casa sull'albero

release date: Jan 01, 2016

Jizzen

release date: Dec 22, 2011
Jizzen
These poems unfold with a supernatural intensity, alternately dark and celebratory, that set them apart from other treatments of the subject. Through the perspectives of emigrant and native, critic and intimate, Jamie addresses Scotland in all its living complexity. Jizzen reveals a writer coming into poetic maturity just as her nation begins to fully assume its own identity. The result is a poetry both worldly and other-worldly, remarkable it its humanity, political sophistication and lyric authority. ‘With The Queen of Sheba Kathleen Jamie has produced the best individual collection of poems by a woman living in twentieth-century Scotland. The book establishes her eminence among Scottish poets of her generation . . . The precision and resource of her language have never been combined more impressively than here’ Robert Crawford, Scotsman

Findings

release date: Nov 07, 2011
Findings
Between the laundry and the fetching kids from school, thatOCOs how birds enter my life. I listen. During a lull in the traffic: oyster-catchers; in the school-playground, sparrows. ItOCOs surprising what you can find by simply stepping out to look. Award-winning poet Kathleen Jamie has an eye and an ease with the nature and landscapes of Scotland as well as an incisive sense of our domestic realities. In Findings she draws together these themes to describe travels like no other contemporary writer. Whether she is following the call of a peregrine in the hills above her home in Fife, sailing into a dark winter solstice on the Orkney islands, or pacing around the carcass of a whale on a rain-swept Hebridean beach, she creates a subtle and modern narrative, peculiarly alive to her connections and surroundings. "

The Tree House

release date: Sep 30, 2009
The Tree House
For several years now, Kathleen Jamie''s work has addressed two principal concerns: how we negotiate with the natural world, and how we should define our conduct within family and society. In The Tree House Jamie argues - as Burns did before her - for an engagement of the whole being through a kind of practical earthly spirituality. These often startling encounters with animals, birds, and other humans propose a way of living which recognises the earth as home to many different consciousnesses -- and a means of authentic engagement with ‘this, the only world’. Together they form one of the most powerful poetic statements of recent years.

Waterlight

release date: Mar 20, 2007
Waterlight
A collection of verse by the Scottish poet explores gender, nature, landscape, and nationhood.

Frissure

release date: Aug 01, 2013
Frissure
Frissure is an exquisite collection of prose-poems and illustrative work exploring healing, mortality, intimacy, memory and the natural world. It is about the intimate process of looking and seeing as it passes from one person - a cancer patient - looking at herself, from being ''examined'' by a surgeon, to being looked at by an artist. In each situation a transformation occurs. The gaze of the patient on her own body and its post-operative scarring is objectified by that of the surgeon assessing the success of his work. But then the creative eye of the artist takes over and what was regarded as a mark of disease and of violation takes on an extraordinary flowering, and becomes a thing of beauty.

Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead
Jamie''s poetry is intelligent and subtle, her language inventive and refreshing. This is a wide-ranging selection. It reveals the generous range of her concerns, from life in the wilder parts of Pakistan and Tibet, to the difficult questions of identity posed in the celebrated Queen of Sheba.

Among Muslims

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Among Muslims
A Western woman shares her adventures in Northern Pakistan, where she visited romote villages and befriended local people. Original.

The Queen of Sheba

release date: Jan 01, 1994
The Queen of Sheba
In The Queen of Sheba, the traveller comes home. These are poems of Scotland and beyond. At times darker than her earlier work, The Queen of Sheba is rich with life and boldly self-aware. Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The poems from The Queen of Sheba were later reprinted in Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Dead: Poems 1980-1994.

The Autonomous Region

release date: Jan 01, 1993
The Autonomous Region
Two veteran travellers set out in 1989 for Amdo and Tibet. They spent months on the road in the company of nomads, pilgrims, monks, and traders. Their journey was halted at the border of the Autonomous Region of Tibet by the events of the time: general strikes, a military clampdown, and the Tiananmen Square massacre. Smith''s photographs testify to the dignity of the Tibetan people and their courageous refusal to allow their culture to be destroyed by the Chinese; Jamie''s poems interweave her own wanderings with those of two historical characters she ''met'' on her journey across China -- Fa Hsein, a fourth century Chinese monk, and Princess Wen''ch''eng, a 6th-century Buddhist pioneer and educator.

Irish Pages Volume 10 No2 2019 Belfast Agreement

release date: Feb 01, 2019

The Beach

The Beach
This collaboration between Kathleen Jamie and Norman McBeath is the result of an invitation by Edinburgh Printmakers and the Scottish Poetry Library to produce a work for an exhibition called ''The written image'' which opened at Edinburgh Printmakers in November 2013.

This Weird Estate

release date: Jan 01, 2007
This Weird Estate
A collection of poems, which draw inspiration from the poets visits to medical and anatomical collections held in museums across Scotland.
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