by Kathleen Jamie
A typically wonderful collection of poems.
As I've said before, I'm a huge fan of Kathleen Jamie's prose. Her two collections of essays, Findings and Sightlines, are two of my favourite books. Reading and re-reading them eventually turned me towards her poetry.
Despite admitting that I've previously struggled to ‘get’ poetry, I loved her collections The Overhaul and The Tree House. I loved The Bonniest Companie too. Jamie's poetry is not at all showy. She writes with wonderful succinctness and clarity—the same qualities I admire in her prose. And I can relate to many of the sentiments expressed in her poems, especially when she expresses disbelief in an afterlife, and the need to make the most of what time we have left. I also love the way she describes, in a completely un-twee way, nostalgic memories from her childhood. Very much my kind of thing.