Glac throm air do shliasaid
An déidh a snaidheadh gun fhiaradh,
Is bàrr dosrach de sgiathaibh an eioin.
On thine hip a heavy quiver flawlessly shaped, on thine
head a crest from the wings of the eagle.
- Gaelic Songs of Mary MacLeod
No stag with an arrow through its chest the tip embedded the fletching broken no stag blood on its flanks blood in its eye no headless stag at the roadside no doe pierced But a stag on the hillside the doe on the mud flats the sea lapping the forest on fire with red leaves and the call of the raven the haunted ravens all that remain of the violence
Marilyn Bowering is a poet, novelist and non-fiction writer who lives in British Columbia. She has received many awards for her work including designation of Notable Book by the New York Times, short-listing for the world-wide Orange Prize and a number of prizes named after women poets (Dorothy Livesay, Pat Lowther and Gwendolyn MacEwen). She is the librettist for the opera Marilyn Forever (with Gavin Bryars).
The words of Threshold are plain, as bare and pregnant as the stones of a ruined croft. Marilyn Bowering unites her voice with the life and words of a silenced, exiled female Hebridean poet who speaks across three centuries. Xan Shian's photographs face this world of extremes and change with a timeless and contemporary eye.
Arrived in November 2015.
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Purchases: From the Leaf Press website or at your local bookstore. $20.
The copyrights of all poems included in the series remain with their authors, and are reprinted with the permission of the publishers.