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The Tree House Paperback – Abridged, 17 Sep 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (17 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330433326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330433327
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

An essential new collection from one of Picador's leading poets

About the Author

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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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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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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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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a beautiful book of poetry. A slim concise volume. If you like the natural world Jamie is an essential companion.
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These are short poems that manage to convey a wide view. She combines detailed, personal observation - one feels she has looked at wild life and the landscape with a close eye, experienced it with her whole being - with a broader yet no less considered view of modern life.
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I enjoyed other releases from Jamie, but I'm afraid the poems in The Tree House have little depth and the vast majority of them are utterly forgettable.
Save your money.
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