Abstract

Abstract:

This piece provides a critical overview of Valerie Gillies's poetry through the lens of her recent edition of new and selected poems, The Cream of the Well (2014), as well as a reflection on her forty-year career by the poet herself. Both discussions focus on the poet's commitment to Scottish history and landscape but also on the poet's engagement with other cultures, particularly in her new poem sequence, A Year as an American Bird, about her time spent in the Boston area. In these later poems, Gillies explores America as she has Scotland—like an archaeologist, excavating its many layers, burrowing down to the ancient past.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2050-6678
Print ISSN
1756-5634
Pages
pp. 115-139
Launched on MUSE
2017-05-18
Open Access
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