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Come Close and Listen

Jim C. Wilson




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In a writing career spanning three decades Jim C. Wilson has mapped out his own territory in Scottish letters with his work drawing praise for its combination of astute vision and skilled lyric craftsmanship.

Come Close and Listen builds upon the achievement of his four previous volumes of poetry. Whether writing about nature, landscape, memory and mortality, the uncertainties and joys of love, Wilson brings to his subjects an unpretentious but telling poetic authority. As an artist concerned with poetry as an act of communication, he writes work of startling clarity and all-too-rare accessibility.


About the author:

Jim C. Wilson was born in Edinburgh in 1948, and now lives in Gullane, East Lothian. He studied English at Edinburgh University, and taught for nine years at Telford College in the city. He started writing seriously in his thirties, and was Writer-in-Residence for Stirling District (1989-91) and he was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow from 2001 until 2007. He has run 'Poetry in Practice' sessions at Edinburgh University since 1994.

His volumes of poetry include The Loutra Hotel(1988), Cellos in Hell(1993), Paper Run(2007) and Will I Ever Get to Minsk?(2012).

He has also published two prose works: The Happy Land(1991) which was adapted and broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, and childhood reminiscences, Spalebone Days(2002).


88  pages

ISBN: 978-1-906075-85-9

Greenwich Exchange Category: Poetry

Series: None






Review of Cellos in Hell

... technically-accomplished, and highly readable ... unflinching ... grittily contemporary ...

Mario Relich, Lines Review


Review of Come Close and Listen

Technically adroit, sometimes nippy, more often touching, Jim C. Wilson's poems are full of acute observations. One feels that the clock is always ticking in the background; he captures a moment, holds it up for inspection, lets it go. Wilson has something to say, and he says it well.

James Robertson


Review of Will I Ever Get to Minsk?

... we are in the hands of a master ...

Richie McCaffery, Sphinx