Paperback Published on: 20/06/2024
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The Material Fragments of a Poetic Life
I'm a longtime fan and follower of Jamie's work and this is (to date) my favourite of her books. The extended metaphor of the cairn speaks to the collectio... READ MORE
Kirsty (Newton Mearns)
A cairn of words.
I fell in love with Jamie's writing well over a decade ago, this book feels a fitting monument to her turning 60 - there is poetry scattered amongst the pr... READ MORE
Hayley Anderton


Cairn: A marker on open land, a memorial, a viewpoint shared by strangers.

For the last five years poet and author Kathleen Jamie has been turning her attention to a new form of writing: micro-essays, prose poems, notes and fragments. Placed together, like the stones of a wayside cairn, they mark a changing psychic and physical landscape.

The virtuosity of these short pieces is both subtle and deceptive. Jamie's intent 'noticing' of the natural world is suffused with a clear-eyed awareness of all we endanger. She considers the future her children face, while recalling her own childhood and notes the lost innocence in the way we respond to the dramas of nature. With meticulous care she marks the point she has reached, in life and within the cascading crises of our times.

Cairn resonates with a beauty and wisdom that only an artist of Jamie's calibre could achieve.

  • Publisher: Sort of Books
  • ISBN: 9781914502002
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Weight: 140g
  • Dimensions: 193 x 127 x 10 mm

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A wonderful collection highlighting Jamie’s unique style and talent.
‘Cairn’ is a stunning collection of short essays interspersed with poetry. It is based on the author’s day-to-day observations and memories but touches on ... READ MORE
Caz Stevens