A remarkable collection about love, art, nature, and family, this book of poems observes with painterly precision the commonplaces of experience, creating landscapes of emotional range and intensity. Biography, history, and geography are interwoven in potent new forms: a lover's fragile caress, the skills of a dentist, the death of irony celebrated by crows, and a green tree burning in a red room. Novel experiences and ancient panoramas embolden the second and third sections of the book while two concluding sections offer expansive, rehabilitated vistas of a world that is haunting and new.
Gerry McGrath was born and raised in Helensburgh, Scotland. He is a graduate of Strathclyde University and worked for several years as a teacher of modern languages. His first collection of poetry A to B (Carcanet) was published in 2008. In 2004 he was a winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award and in 2007 received a New Writer's Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council. His poetry was included in the anthology New Poetries IV (Carcanet, 2007). He lives in North Ayrshire with his wife, Kate, and two sons, Liam and Owen
I Intimate Expanses Snow White Sail The Opposite of Goodbye Only Light The Telling St Petersburg Element The Beach at Irvine The Photographer Pale Cup No Maybes About It You Are Lightning Changed Days The Guests Summer's End First Blue Box Open Wide Kisses Loose Ends Wheat Magic He Says In Itself La Stanza Rossa Born Fragment (of a Chorale) Eldest Blue Roses Two Words Report from a West Highland Funeral I Hope You Were Tell Me Ask Standing Script Zero Steps Moon II Goat Fell Audience of One Imperfect Suite No. 1 Wordleft Elephant Hide Spheres Two Rivers Silence Cut III Wave A Man of Good Fortune The Morning of Forgetfulness Dutch Interiors Faith IV Return to the City Foreign Travel Rooster Suite No. 2 I - VIII V West Coast Colloquy American Bestiary Horse Feathers Purple