The poems of one of Scotland's finest poets collected in a single volume
George Mackay Brown is recognised as one of Scotland's greatest twentieth-century lyric poets. His work is integral to the flowering of Scottish literature over the last fifty years. Admired by many fellow poets, including Seamus Heaney and Douglas Dunn, his poems are deeply individual and unmistakable in their setting: 'the small green world' of the Orkney Islands where he lived for most of his life, with its elemental forces of sea and sky and Norse and Icelandic ancestry, is brought vividly and memorably to life.
Here, his rich resonant poetry is collected in one volume, making available again many poems that are otherwise out of print.
Extraordinarily effective - Robert McCrum, The Observer
A brilliant writer - Spectator
George Mackay Brown really does possess the magician's touch - Observer
A dazzling writer - The Guardian
Undoubtedly the most important document of his work to be produced so far. - Shetland Times, Malachy Tallack.
George Mackay Brown has added uniquely and steadfastly to the riches of poetry in English: his sense of the world and his way with words are powerfully at one with each other - Seamus Heaney
The Collected Poems show the range and depth of his work, the beauty of it, "the undersong of terrible holy joy" - Scotsman
The reader embarks on a voyage - which is how Mackay Brown himself saw his work - through the elemental world of his cliff-girt, craggy isles. - The Times, Rachel Campbell-Johnston