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A Man Passing Through: Memoir with Poems Selected and New

Gordon Jarvie




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A Man Passing Through is writer Gordon Jarvie's autobiography in poetry.

Loosely chronological, this Selected Poems (comprising about half the poems of a consistently productive career) is a wry, witty and insightful collection, gathering together the various strands making up an ordinary life - family, early years, student days, the publishing trade, holidays in Brittany, climbing in the Scottish mountains, retirement in Fife, birdwatching, getting older, and many others.

Taken together A Man Passing Through stands as a remarkable portrait of a life lived in, and through, letters.


About the author:

Gordon Jarvie was born in Edinburgh and educated at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Sussex, where he gained an MPhil in 1968. He has worked as a teacher and editor at Purdue University in the USA, as well as for publishers such as Collins and Oxford University Press.

A well-known editor and prose writer, in the 1990s he began to focus more on his poetry and has produced poems both in English and in Scots. His collections and pamphlets include Ayrshire Recessional (1998), Time's Traverse: Poems 1991-2001 (2002), Climber's Calendar (2007), La Baudunais (2009), Out and About: Poetry Mainly from the East Neuk, Fife (2012) and Bessy Bell and other Irish Intersections (2013).


252  pages

ISBN: 978-1-906075-89-7

Greenwich Exchange Category: Poetry

Series: None



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