Handfast: Scottish Poems for Weddings and Affirmations

Handfast: Scottish Poems for Weddings and Affirmations


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*Suitable for reading aloud - a lot of similar anthologies have weddings as their subject but don't offer really public poems *Chosen by the Scottish Poetry Library's Assistant Librarian, who has been answering the constant stream of requests for such poems for the last ten years, and knows what is valued *Introduction by one of Scotland's most famous poets *New pieces by well-known poets specially written for this volume

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904598244
Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
Publication date: 08/31/2004
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Scottish poet and playwright Liz Lochhead was born in Motherwell in 1947. After studying at Glasgow School of Art she taught at art schools in Glasgow and Bristol while working on her poetry. She is a Fellow of Glasgow School of Art, an Honorary Doctor of Letters of Glasgow University, a Fellow of RSAMD and of Glasgow Institute of Art, and is an Honorary President of the Scottish Poetry Library. Her poetry collections include Dreaming Frankenstein (Polygon 1984), True Confessions and New Cliches (Polygon 1985), Bagpipe Muzak (Penguin 1991), and The Colour of Black and White: Poems 1984-2003 (Polygon 2003). Her plays include Tartuffe (Polygon 1986), Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (Penguin 1989) and the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award-winning Medea (Nick Hern Books 2000). Liz Lochhead lives in Glasgow.

Table of Contents

'Four greetings'14
'O wert thou in the cauld blast'15
'Poetry of persons'18
'Traighean' / 'Shores'22
'Aa my thochts'26
'I will make you brooches'27
'Seven blessings'28
'Ora nam buadh' / 'Invocation of the graces'30
'These rings'34
'Mairi's wedding'35
'With these rings' / 'Wi thur twa rings'36
'Autumn wedding song'41
'Catullus LXI'42
'Wedding reel'44
'Winter wedding'47
'On mairriage'48
'Love poem'50
'Welsh love spuin'54
'White writing'55
1 Corinthians 1356
'Gaelic blessing'57
'There will be no end'58
Biographical Notes59

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