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The Overhaul

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Kathleen Jamie
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See when it all unravels—the entire project
reduced to threads of moss fleeing a nor’wester;
d’you ever imagine chasing just one strand, letting it lead you
to an unsung cleft in a rock, a place you could take to,
dig yourself in—but what are the chances of that?
                                                                                    Of the birds,
few remain all winter; half a dozen waders
mediate between sea and shore, that space confirmed
—don’t  laugh—by your own work.
—from “Materials”
The Overhaul continues Kathleen Jamie’s lyric inquiry into the aspects of the world our rushing lives elide, and even threaten. Whether she is addressing birds or rivers, or the need to accept loss, or sometimes, the desire to escape our own lives, her poetry is earthy and rigorous, her language at once elemental and tender. The Overhaul is a midlife book of repair, restitution, and ultimately hope—of the wisest and most worldly kind.

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Winner of the 2012 Costa Poetry Award, the latest collection by Kathleen Jamie, “the leading Scottish poet of her generation” (The Sunday London Times)

About the Author

Kathleen  Jamie
Credit: Alan Young
Kathleen Jamie was born in the west of Scotland. Her poetry collections have received the Costa Poetry Award, the Forward Prize, and the Scottish Book of the Year Award. She is the author of The Overhaul, Waterlight: Selected Poems, and also the author of two books of nonfiction, Findings and Sightlines, winner of the John Burroughs Medal and the Orion Book Award. She lives in Fife, Scotland.
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  • “These mid-life poems are deceptively simple. . . . [Jamie] examine[s] with lyrical acuity the way humans dwell in, delight in and despoil the natural world.”—Best American Poetry
  • “[Jamie’s] timing is perfect and her language makes new frontiers from common content.”—Washington Independent Review of Books
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