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In a Time of Distance by Alexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh

In a Time of Distance: And Other Poems

Alexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publication date: 15 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781846975622
5 stars out of 5
Allan Massie
6 Oct 2020

"It is such books, books like this one, that in a time of strident and dishonest polemics readers should attend to with a feeling ear"

McCall Smith’s own eye is a feeling one too, and I suppose most of these poems have their origin in passing encounters, in things noticed and then brooded on. He never beats the big drum or shouts his wares in the marketplace. His poetic voice is conversational, companionable, friendly. A “maker of beautiful books,” he writes, “understands that text/ should whisper to us its message,/ Like a confiding friend,/Not in the trumpet tones/ Of the strident, the polemical/ But gently, tactfully/ In the private places of exchange/ Where the loud and the angry/ Have no wish to linger.”

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