Cairn (Paperback)
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Published: 20/06/2024
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Waterstones Says

This luminous collection from the Scottish Makar and author of Surfacing opens unique windows into the multiple crises of our times through a powerful string of micro-essays, prose poems and fragments.

Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month for July 2024

Cairn: A marker on open land, a memorial, a viewpoint shared by strangers.

For the last five years poet and author Kathleen Jamie has been turning her attention to a new form of writing: micro-essays, prose poems, notes and fragments. Placed together, like the stones of a wayside cairn, they mark a changing psychic and physical landscape.

The virtuosity of these short pieces is both subtle and deceptive. Jamie's intent 'noticing' of the natural world is suffused with a clear-eyed awareness of all we endanger. She considers the future her children face, while recalling her own childhood and notes the lost innocence in the way we respond to the dramas of nature. With meticulous care she marks the point she has reached, in life and within the cascading crises of our times.

Cairn resonates with a beauty and wisdom that only an artist of Jamie's calibre could achieve.

Publisher: Sort of Books
ISBN: 9781914502002
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 140 g
Dimensions: 193 x 127 x 10 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Exquisite ... luminous writing - Spectator

This marvel of a book is a profound meditation on the precariousness of the planet ... these pieces kept bringing tears to my eyes, catching me offguard ... it is what art or, in this case, wonderful writing can do - Kate Kellaway, Observer

A heart-soaringly beautiful new book - Charlie Connelly, New European

[Cairn] is ultimately an uplifting book, exhilarating even, one whose nuggets of imagery and wisdom stay long in the memory - Charlie Connelly, New European

Praise for the Findings trilogy: A sorceress of the essay form. Never exotic, down to earth, she renders the indefinable to the reader's ear - John Berger

Kathleen Jamie is a supreme listener ... clear, subtle, respectful, and so unquenchably curious that it makes the world anew - Richard Mabey

A book of unparalleled beauty and rare exactness of language - Sunday Telegraph

I put the book down again and thought: 'I wonder if I would actually kill to be able to write, or think, like that - Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

It is not often that the prose of a poet is as powerful as her verse, but Jamie's is - Diana Athill, Literary Review

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“A wonderful collection highlighting Jamie’s unique style and talent.”

‘Cairn’ is a stunning collection of short essays interspersed with poetry. It is based on the author’s day-to-day observations and memories but touches on many themes. Although I have not read anything by this author... More

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“A cairn of words.”

I fell in love with Jamie's writing well over a decade ago, this book feels a fitting monument to her turning 60 - there is poetry scattered amongst the prose, and prose that blues the lines towards poetry, the... More

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“The Material Fragments of a Poetic Life”

I'm a longtime fan and follower of Jamie's work and this is (to date) my favourite of her books. The extended metaphor of the cairn speaks to the collection of ephemeral and fragmented things in the making... More

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