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Poems of garden, mountain, estuary and travel
The author is a poet, piper and preacher from East Lothian, and still writing about life and landscape. In contrast to his first book of poems, which touched on politics and economics, these poems are about gardens, mountains and travel. Russell Jones enthuses:
“Jock Stein’s poems gleefully build their own music, whispering melodies as you explore woodlands and mountains, trains and traffic jams . . .”
Christine De Luca, erstwhile Edinburgh Makar, says a little more soberly, “Swift is a well-ordered collection of poems, in which Stein explores his delight in the natural world and its interactions with the human journey” and cites a poem inspired by Stanza 2017:
Words pass through grit and grey, dance off
a grand chain with some misty faith posts,
straighten up our poetry to human height,
eternity a scree run for another day.
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, editor of London Grip, says: “The poems in Swift are packed with vivid language and carefully shaped around witty and artful rhymes . . .”