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Columba - Poems

Author(s): Kenneth Stevenson

ISBN13: 9780715208229

ISBN10: 0715208225


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  • Columba, the sixth-century Irish monk, has had an enormous influence on the story of Scotland. Kenneth Steven takes us on Columbas difficult journey from Ireland to the west coast of Scotland. He takes us on many other journeys too - both real and imagined, ancient and modern. Columbas journey becomes a metaphor for embarking on voyages of faith of many sorts and from many kinds of shores. Kenneth Steven, a bestselling poet, writes with a quiet, gentle spirituality. Images of secret places from the west coast, from its Celtic legacy, and from the lives of the people still there today, are all powerfully evoked in this new collection.

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    this poet is a worthy successor to such greats as George Mackay Brown, Iain Crichton Smith and Norman MacCaig he celebrates Scotland past and present without the least trace of sentimentality.

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  • September

    The fields lay white beneath a snow of sun
    And birds were restless underneath, they rose and wheeled
    Like silver leaves. The skies were more than blue;
    Burnished and beaten with a strange brilliance.
    The angels are coming, I thought;
    The angels will come in the night
    When a huge moon ovals through these bright and cloudless skies;
    They will come to bind the sheaves
    While we are fast asleep.
    They will work the fields, their wings tight-folded,
    All through the white night of this September,
    The moon gliding high like a balloon
    Over the glazed harvest of the world;
    Nothing moving except the angels and the wind, until the task is done
    In the warm stillness of the dawn.

Columba - Poems

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