Not the finest writing in the world, but very enjoyable. Very experimental in form, which I found distracting and annoying rather than transformative. I decided not to keep it. I decided to give this to a more receptive home! I might well have enjoyed it, but I felt like it would never quite be the time to find out.
I read this, and found it a bit disappointing. It went to a charity shop. Sorry Nicola B! Hooray for Clash. I will be reading my copy in August! Clash has certainly been doing the rounds — you should give it a go at some point, Simon :. What a great feature! I enjoyed it very much, especially your comment about the short story collection probably because I have a similar habit. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. The Overhaul 2 The original haul post is here. English Short Stories of Today ed.
Howards End by E. One day! Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 16, Annelies rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. I love poetry which has 'the landscape, environment' as subject. Karhleen Jamie knows as no other how to handle this subject. They tell all that is. The landscape becomes something to dwell in in our mind.
It's painting without a pencil. I have previously read Findings and Sightlines and thought that they were superb, but I have never read any of her poetry before. The Overahul is a collection of poems about the thing we sometimes miss in our busy lives. Some of these were very good indeed. There are a couple in Gaelic or dialect that I could not comprehend, but mostly they were good.
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My particular favourite was The Lighthouse. What is really impressive though is her mastery of language, she can convey an image with sparkling clarity with a breathtaking brevity, and that is what makes this a delight to read. Jan 19, Shelby rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry , goodreads-giveaways. Kathleen Jamie's The Overhaul is a beautiful collection of poems.
The imagery and sensory detail is fantastic, really capturing pieces of the natural world and how man interacts with them, whether it's birds, forests, or the sea. The only thing I struggled with were the poems that were attempting to capture an accent. I found them a bit difficult to understand in places. Apart from that I was quite spellbound through the entire book. Definitely worth a read. Kathleen Jamie's poem have a quietness about them that hides their punch. Her work looks at nature and what is around us to enjoy. But this collection has an extra tenderness and a sad quality that left me feeling that the hope the jacket blub proclaims is missing.
I left this collection feeling very sad for the poet and for the world. It might be a reflection on the dystopian topic of my own current writing and when I read the collection again I will feel differently. I hope so. Whether reassuringly familiar or seductively foreign, language can transport us. Kathleen Jamie's windblown words taste of salt and sea air; they are rough and beautiful, woven with fishing line and hardy highland brush in shades of green and gold.
They feel like the intersection of yearning and knowing. This vocabulary is, quite simply, Scottish. I'm so glad there's no built-in dictionary, no translator's notes or helpful references, because I had to look the unknown words up and find my own me Whether reassuringly familiar or seductively foreign, language can transport us. I'm so glad there's no built-in dictionary, no translator's notes or helpful references, because I had to look the unknown words up and find my own meaning on the other side of the globe.
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I'm so glad because I really heard these poems. Pro tip: It helps to keep the Scots Dictionary handy while reading. I discovered Kathleen Jamie on the Poetry Foundation website, which features two poems from this collection. I love both of these poems; they prompted me to seek out Jamie's writing: first her non-fictional essays, and now her poetry.
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?
It's a bit like reading a screened letter from a soldier with the occasional redacted word, or hearing native speakers after long familiarity only with a textbook. I understand the meaning, somehow, but not all of it. This seems fitting. Jamie populates her poems with people of the sea, people of the earth, people who probably don't lose hours reading about the world's wonders on the internet and instead experience them firsthand, noticed or otherwise.
But they're not so different, are they? Jamie's first-person poems — conversational and chock-full of em-dashes who doesn't love a good em-dash? However far away their narrators, however strange and tangled the language feels on my tongue, these pieces diminish that distance until it barely exists. Here are three of my favorites "Fragment 1" would have been next in line , but please, please do yourself a favor and read the rest, too.
The Land Cruiser Restoration in Bolivia (1) – Starting the Overhaul
Read The Overhaul in full. The Spider When I appear to you by dark, descended not from heaven, but the lowest branch of the walnut tree bearing no annunciation, suspended like a slub in the air's weave and you shriek, you shriek so prettily. I'm reminded of the birds — don't birds also cultivate elaborate beauty, devour what catches their eye?
Hence my night shift, my sulphur-and-black-striped jacket — poison — a lie to cloak me while, exposed, I squeeze from my own gut the one material. Who tore the night?
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Who caused this rupture? You, staring in horror — had you never considered how the world sustains? The ants by day clearing, clearing, the spiders mending endlessly — The Whales If I could stand the pressures, if I could make myself strong, I'd dive far under the ocean, away from these merfolk — especially the mermen, moaning and wringing out their beards.
I'd discover a cave green and ventricular and there, with tremendous patience, I'd teach myself to listen: what the whale-fish hear answering through the vastnesses I'd hear too. But oh my love, tell me you'd swim by, tell me you'd look out for me, down there it's impossible to breathe — Glamourie When I found I'd lost you — not beside me, nor ahead, nor right nor left not your green jacket moving between the trees anywhere — I waited a long while before wandering on.
No wren jinked in the undergrowth, not a twig snapped. It was hardly the Wildwood — just some auld fairmer's shelter belt — but red haws reached out to me, and between fallen leaves pretty white flowers bloomed late into their year. I tried calling out, or think I did, but your name shrivelled on my tongue, so instead I strolled on through the wood's good offices, and duly fell to wondering if I hadn't simply made it all up. You, I mean, everything, my entire life.
Either way, nothing now could touch me bar by hosts, who appeared as diffuse golden light, as tiny spiders examining my hair What gratitude I felt then — I might be gone for ages, maybe seven years! Dec 02, Claudia Putnam rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry , first-reads. It's lovely. I received it as a first-reads giveaway and am happy to say it's excellent. This short book of poems was a finalist for the TS Eliot award, kind of the holy grail of poetry awards Sharon Olds won the award for Stag's Leap , and Jamie is a prominent UK poet.
This was the first work of hers I'd read. For the most part these are accessible lyric poems that even readers who are scared of poetry would enjoy I'm teaching a poetry appreciation class at our local library right now, so I'm thinking of what scares readers off of poetry. That does not mean they lack sophistication, only that you don't have to be a sophisticated reader to enjoy them.
I have friends in County Fife, and though I've only been there once, it's left a mark on me. I very much enjoyed returning to Scotland via these poems, which focus on landscape, flora, and fauna--including the local residents. For instance: Ospreys You'll be wondering why you bothered: beating up from Senegal, just to hit a teuchit storm-- late March blizzards and raw winds--before the tilt across the A9, to arrive, mere hours apart, at the self-same riverside Scots pine, and possess again the sticks and fishbones of last year's nest: still here, pretty much like the rest of us--gale-battered, winter-worn, half toppled away So redd up your cradle, on the tree-top, claim your teind from the shining estates of the firth, or the trout-stocked loch.
What do you care? What form I take I scarcely know myself adrift in a wood in a wintertime at dusk always a deer breaking from a thicket for a while now this is how it's been Focused on nature and the nature of the self, The Overhaul is no friendly wander through the woods, to which we are often accustomed in poetry. Instead, in these poems nature is a powerful force for making the world seem strange to us again, for making it new and forcing us to attend to life.
This is the much-anticipated new book of poetry by Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie, first since her award-winning collection, The Tree House in This is of a gathering of deer, viewed from a distance by the narrator and a friend. Picador Paperbacks. After reading Kathleen Jamie's books of essays on nature, particularly around Scotland, I found this collection slightly disappointing. Her prose writing is so beautiful and poetic in its descriptions, that I expected more from her poetry. Although there were a number of poems that I loved, I found better poetry in her prose.
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I also found the poems written in Scots without any translation, or glossary annoying. I could grasp some of them, but not all. So, no idea what they were about. I still gave After reading Kathleen Jamie's books of essays on nature, particularly around Scotland, I found this collection slightly disappointing. I still gave it four stars because three seemed a little mean. I read this in India this January. A strange book to read in a foreign country, 'Overhaul' is a lyrical poetry collection grounded in the British specifically Scottish countryside. The collection shows Jamie making greater use of rhyming forms, connected series, and impressions of immediacy particularly with nods to previous elemental use of the moon in self-reflexive moments ; however, I think that the strong thesis and narrative flow which made 'The Treehouse' so amazing is missing from thi I read this in India this January.
The collection shows Jamie making greater use of rhyming forms, connected series, and impressions of immediacy particularly with nods to previous elemental use of the moon in self-reflexive moments ; however, I think that the strong thesis and narrative flow which made 'The Treehouse' so amazing is missing from this collection.
A collection of tight, sparsely written poems about Scottish nature, often with a surprising turn of phrase. Themes such as the moon which Jamie apparently doesn't like too much , the sea, the woods all feature strongly. Some poems were too cryptic for me to enjoy but I found I liked it best when I let the words wash over me as I read them to create a feeling or a moment.
Dec 07, Nicole rated it it was amazing. The Overhaul written by Kathleen Jaime is a book of painted poetry. Every poem surrounded me with such imagery, it was like I was there at the stormy beach. I could see the images her words described, in great detail! My favorite poem is Fragment 1! This unique work of art was an amazing read!