‘Bale Fire’, by Jim Carruth

Jim Carruth’s latest poetry collection Bale Fire (2019) has at its heart questions of loss and renewal, identity and home, of how we negotiate and maintain our sense of belonging. As a follow-up to Black Cart (2017), and conceived as the second part of an eventual trilogy, the poems in Bale Fire are organised into […]

‘Black Cart’ by Jim Carruth

Opening with a plea ‘to learn again the art of careful detail’, Jim Carruth’s Black Cart gathers eighteen years’ worth of finely observed poetry of the rural environment into one volume. Carruth is Glasgow’s Poet Laureate, but he is first of all a farmer’s son, brought up on a Renfrewshire dairy farm, and his latest collection draws […]


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