Pamphlet No. 4, BAIRNSANG, contains a series of poems exploring pregnancy and motherhood by the eminent Scottish poet, Kathleen Jamie. At once touching and acute, the poems move through the months of pregnancy to touch on the joys and fears of parenthood, with a gaze that is both inward and fearlessly aware of the surrounding world.
“What can I fashion / for you but a woven / creel of river- / rashes”
Illustrated by Jennifer Pitchers, with cover motif and etching in frontispiece. Jennifer responds to the poems with a precision and empathy that awakens the very sensuality of the form itself.
These poems were originally published in Jizzen by Kathleen Jamie. Copyright © Kathleen Jamie, 1999. Republished by kind permission of Picador, Pan Macmillan.