Carve the Runes
Carve the Runes by Kathleen Jamie (Birlinn, 2021)

Carve the Runes, selected and introduced by Kathleen Jamie. Some of the poems tell a story, some are portraits of local characters and some simply capture and convey fleeting moments in time. To whet your appetite, the opening verse from The Old Women offers a timely pre-Christmas warning against over-imbibing: “Go sad or sweet or riotous with beer Past the old women gossiping by the hour, They’ll fix on you from every close and pier An acid look to make your veins run sour.”

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