The collection includes alphabet, calendar, list and found poems, as well as a sequence conceived as a `variable construction', with one of many possible versions presented here. Many of the poems were written as collaborations with visual artists, and have appeared in booklets and exhibitions, and as public art works. Some were written as commissions, from organisations including The National Trust for Scotland and The Wordsworth Trust, or for occasions such as UNESCO World Heritage Day. Floating the Woods collects these poems at last into a single volume.
Ken Cockburn is a poet based in Edinburgh. His first collection Souvenirs and Homelands was shortlisted for a Saltire Award in 1998, and a second collection On the Flyleaf was published by Luath Press in 2007. He was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Literary Translation 2008, and has twice re-ceived commendations in The Stephen Spender Poetry Prize. Formerly Fieldworker and Assistant Director at the Scottish Poetry Li-brary, he has run countless poetry sessions for children and adults in-doors and outdoors, in schools, libraries, museums, care homes and gar-dens. He also runs Edinburgh Poetry Tours, presenting guided walks with poems in Edinburgh's Old Town.