on 10 November 2005
I bought this book because I liked some of the poetry that was in it, but I'm writing this review because it meant so much more when I'd read it.
I haven't any reason to read it for funerals/consolation, just to enjoy the poetry, but when I'd finished reading the book, it took me ages to stop crying. Certain poems (in particular 'Requiem', Robert Louis Stevenson) just seemed to touch something deep down, no complications, just a window to your soul that lets you see, however briefly, a real meaning to life in retrospect.
There's an equal mix of classic and contemporary poetry, some in Gaelic, most not, and a glossary where it's deemed necessary, but this doesn't spoil the book at all. Some people may find the Scots a little difficult but if you have any familiarity with Scottish poetry at all it shouldn't be a problem. If you haven't please don't let this put you off, poetry speaks for itself no matter which language it's written in, and most of the poems are straightforward anyway.
I'm waiting on 'Handfast', the Scottish poetry book published before this, arriving, and if it's only half as good as this then you could do far worse than to add both to your poetry collection.