Black Cart

By Jim Carruth

Format: Paperback

A second poetry collection from the multi-award nominated Glasgow Makar on the themes of rural life and mortality.

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Passing those unmarked crossings and road ends,

the horse slowed on its journey but never stopped

so Johnny, his song long silent, must've slipped off

unnoticed, and the others too when their time came,

like orchards' ripe fruit, dropped soft to the ground,

disappeared fast down dirt tracks and narrow lanes.


Jim Carruth is Glasgow's Makar, or poet laureate. His debut collection, a poetry novel, Killochries, received widespread acclaim and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh Poetry Award for Best First Collection, the Seamus Heaney Prize and the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Award.

Black Cart is Carruth's second full collection, and continues to draw on his upbringing in the farmlands of Renfrewshire. Almost eighteen years in the making, this collection is a love poem to a rural community in Scotland. The freshness of its language brings the daily grind, its joys and harsh realities, to vivid life; its final elegies form a moving testament to a lost generation of family, friends, farmers and farms.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Freight Books
Publication Date 23 Mar 2017
ISBN 9781911332350
Number of Pages 128

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