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 recognizes 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 64 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 17/09/2004
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780330433327
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Review by Ma_Washigeri
I have enjoyed it - but the poetry in English doesn't slice the world open the way the prose in Sightlines does. There is something about the rhythm and rhyme that is too bland. Looking back over the book I find the poems I really want to read again are mostly in Scots not English where somehow both rhyme and rhythm find a cutting edge - so an extra star for them.