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The Tree House [Abridged] [Paperback]

Kathleen Jamie
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17 Sep 2004
For several years now, Kathleen Jamie's work has addressed two principal concerns: how we negotiate with the natural world, and how we should define our conduct within family and society. In The Tree House Jamie argues - as Burns did before her - for an engagement of the whole being through a kind of practical earthly spirituality. These often startling encounters with animals, birds, and other humans propose a way of living which recognises the earth as home to many different consciousnesses -- and a means of authentic engagement with ‘this, the only world’. Together they form one of the most powerful poetic statements of recent years.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Abridged edition edition (17 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330433326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330433327
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathleen Jamie, one of the Britain’s foremost poets, was born in Scotland in 1962. She has published four collections of poetry -- Black Spiders (1982), The Way We Live (1987), The Queen of Sheba (1994) and Jizzen (published by Picador 1999) -- and a travel book, The Golden Peak: travels in Northern Pakistan (1992). She has received various honours, including the Somerset Maugham (1994) and Geoffrey Faber Memorial (1996, 2000) awards, and the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem (1996). She lives in north Fife, Scotland, with her young family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars essential! 28 Dec 2008
By Tarkus
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A great friend of mine, who knows these things, described Kathleen Jamie as 'perhaps the best British contemporary poet'. I don't pretend to her depth of knowledge, but for me, this collection is peerless. A profound understanding of human beings as a part of the whole living world underpins Jamie's vision> Her language moves easily between the earthy and the ethereal. She's a bit like Mary Oliver for grown-ups - she has a broader vision and is less prone to sentiment. Every image is authentic and precise, every poem, accessible yet profound, spiritual without being sentimental or religious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen 29 Jan 2013
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I just think Kathleen Jamie is a genius who writes musical, thoughtful, accessible poetry that explores relationships within the natural landscape. End of story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 21 July 2012
By Misskin
I'd not read Kathleen Jamie before, then a friend said I didn't know what I was missing. How true! I read this collection recently and was blown away by it. The beauty, simplicity and clarity of the poet's voice and the power of her images transform the natural world. It is uplifting verse - you truly will feel better after reading it. Kathleen Jamie writes about the flow of life between all things, about our inescapable bond with nature and our responses to it. This is modern lyrical poetry at its best; each poem tempts you back several times and lines echo in the memory all day. You'll never look at trees or birds the same way again. This is what poetry is for.
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