Open World: Collected Poems 1960-2000

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and how it began was there in the womb of the hills seeing that snowhill smooring against the sky rooted there obscure amazed inarticulate strange then a cry.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Foreword xxi
  • Book I - Caledonia Road Blues 1
  • Family Alchemy 3
  • Zone 4
  • Images of Misty City 5
  • In the Rain Province 6
  • Midnight on Atlantic Quay 7
  • The Winter Lodgings at Scotstoun 8
  • Pelagius* 9
  • The Wandering Jew 10
  • Reading Nietzsche on the River Clyde 11
  • A Dark Secluded Bay in Ireland 12
  • Heron of the Snows 13
  • In the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow 14
  • What Enid Starkie Didn’t Know 15
  • A Letter from My Mother’s Father 16
  • New Moon 17
  • The Western Gateway 18
  • In a Cafe at Largs* 19
  • The Wandering Scot 20
  • Rue D’Ecosse 21
  • Dunkirk 22
  • Passing by the University in Glasgow 23
  • The Ballad of Kali Road 24
  • On the Border* 34
  • At the Solstice 38
  • Book II - In the Backlands 43
  • Out and Down 45
  • Heraclitus 46
  • Reconnecting with the River 47
  • The Strandlooper 48
  • A Morning in Assynt 49
  • Dreamground 50
  • The Ancestors 51
  • White Valley 52
  • To the Bone 53
  • Some Quick Lines from the Eighth Climate 54
  • Listening to the Wind 55
  • In the Atlantic Zone 56
  • Chant 57
  • Morning Walk 58
  • When the Frost Came to the Brambles 59
  • Meister Eckhart 60
  • Near Winter 61
  • On the Moor in January 62
  • Winter Wood 63
  • The White Hare 64
  • At the Great Gate 65
  • The Book at Lismore* 66
  • For Macdiarmid* 67
  • McTaggart* 68
  • Pool Poem for Maccaig 69
  • Dunbar 70
  • Happy at Hyeres 71
  • Francois Villon 72
  • A Themerican Beers 73
  • Pushkin 1837 75
  • Mandelstam 76
  • The Study at Culross 77
  • At Laon 78
  • Report to Erigena 79
  • Arthur Schopenhauer in Frankfurt 80
  • Reading Marpa in the Blue Mountains 81
  • Tones 82
  • Stations on the Way 83
  • Temple near Snowy Mountains 84
  • Sesshu 85
  • Kenko 86
  • Round North Again* 87
  • A Short Lesson in Gaelic Grammar* 88
  • Carmen Gadelicum 89
  • Late Autumn on the Findhorn River 90
  • At St Matthew’s Point 91
  • Black Forest 92
  • Northern Trail 93
  • Autobiography 95
  • The Most Difficult Area 96
  • Beinn Airidh Charr 97
  • A High Blue Day on Scalpay 98
  • My Properties 99
  • On Rannoch Moor 100
  • Road Fragment 102
  • Early Morning Light on Loch Sunart 103
  • Near Point of Stoer 104
  • Alba 105
  • Letter to an Old Calligrapher 106
  • Rannoch Moor Once More 107
  • Obscure 108
  • Into the Whiteness 109
  • Winter Letter from the Mountain* 110
  • Mountain and Glacier World* 111
  • Late December by the Sound of Jura* 112
  • Rosy Quartz 113
  • Fossil 114
  • Theory* 115
  • Example 116
  • Blue Thistle Sermon 117
  • Late Summer Journey 118
  • Ludaig Jetty 119
  • Beatus 120
  • Carta Rarissima 121
  • Letter from Cape Wrath 122
  • Last Page of a Notebook* 123
  • Book III - Walking the Coast 125
  • I 127
  • II 128
  • III 129
  • IV 130
  • V 131
  • VI 132
  • VII 133
  • VIII 134
  • IX 135
  • X 136
  • XI 137
  • XII 138
  • XIII 139
  • XIV 140
  • XV 141
  • XVI 142
  • XVII 143
  • XVIII 144
  • XIX 145
  • XX 146
  • XXI 147
  • XXII 148
  • XXIII 149
  • XXIV 150
  • XXV 151
  • XXVI 152
  • XXVII 153
  • XXVIII 154
  • XXIX 155
  • XXX 156
  • XXXI 157
  • XXXII 158
  • XXXIII 159
  • XXXIV 160
  • XXXV 161
  • XXXVI 162
  • XXXVII 163
  • XXXVIII 164
  • XXXIX 165
  • XL 166
  • XLI 167
  • XLII 168
  • XLIII 169
  • XLIV 170
  • XLV 171
  • XLVI 172
  • XLVII 173
  • XLVIII 174
  • XLIX 175
  • L 176
  • LI 177
  • LII 178
  • LIII 179
  • Book IV - The Bird Path 181
  • At the Sign of the Rosy Gull* 183
  • Poem to My Coat 185
  • The Shaman’s Way 187
  • The Gannet Philosophy 192
  • Tractatus Cosmo-Poeticus 195
  • Letter from Harris* 197
  • The Region of Identity 202
  • On Bird Island 205
  • Cryptology of Birds 206
  • The Bird Path 208
  • Haiku of the Sud-Express 211
  • Interpretations of a Twisted Pine 213
  • Remembering Gourgounel 215
  • Cape Breton Uplight 217
  • The Bhodi Notebook* 221
  • River* 223
  • The Wild Swan Scroll 225
  • Memories of Silver River 226
  • Scenes of a Floating World* 230
  • Mahamudra* 235
  • The House of Insight 240
  • The Eight Eccentrics* 245
  • Book V - Mountain Meditations 249
  • Pyrenean Passage 251
  • In Aquitania* 266
  • The Master of the Labyrinth* 272
  • Valley of Birches* 275
  • Crow Meditation Text* 279
  • Mountain Study* 283
  • Hoderlin in Bordeaux* 287
  • Reading Han Shan in the Pyrenees* 289
  • In the Sea and Pine Country* 294
  • The Residence of Solitude and Light* 298
  • Book VI - Handbook for the Diamond Country* 301
  • Another Little Autobiography 303
  • Culture Telegrams 304
  • Drinking Green Tea in the Rue St Antoine 305
  • Archaic Territory* 306
  • The Absolute Body 307
  • A Fragment of Yellow Silk 308
  • Intellectual Gathering 309
  • Gujarati 310
  • Knowledge Girl 311
  • Japanee 312
  • Autumn Departure 313
  • Crossing the Beauce 314
  • The Cormorants 315
  • At Honfleur 316
  • An Evening at Yvetot 317
  • The Burgundian Trip 318
  • On the Plains 319
  • Message 320
  • South Roads, Summer 321
  • Winter Morning Train* 322
  • No Four-Star Hotel* 323
  • Cafe Du Midi* 324
  • Nameless 325
  • Avignon 326
  • Autumn at Meyrueis 327
  • In the Lozere 328
  • The White Mistral 329
  • Fragments of a Red Sea Journal 330
  • Paradise Lodge* 331
  • Equatorial* 332
  • Turtle Trail 333
  • In a Bar at Victoria 334
  • The Insular Contemplations of Pascal Pandanus 335
  • Philosopher on the Beach 336
  • The Island without a Name 337
  • Being, Nothingness and a Bottle of Rum 338
  • On the African Banks 339
  • The Afternoon of the Phaetons 340
  • Sunrise 341
  • North Station Note 342
  • At the Red Cloister 343
  • A Raw Blue Morning in Antwerp* 344
  • The House of Erasmus 345
  • Letter from Amsterdam 346
  • The Tower at Tubingen 347
  • Schopenhauer in Berlin 348
  • Kant in Konigsberg 349
  • Stockholm 350
  • In the Blue Tower 351
  • Strindberg at Lund 352
  • A Consideration of the Norwegian Sea 353
  • At the Head of the Fjord 354
  • Letters from the Lofoten 355
  • Bergen-Oslo Express 356
  • Warsaw 357
  • On the Baltic Coast 358
  • Black Sea Letter* 359
  • October on Corsica 360
  • Seneca’s Exile 361
  • A Winter Evening in Bastia 363
  • Along the Adriatic 364
  • Vico at Vatolla 365
  • San Pelagio in the Rain 366
  • Found on the Shore 367
  • The Last Days of the Academy 368
  • Xenophanes of Kolophon* 369
  • Five Little Greek Ones 370
  • Patmos 371
  • Europe in the Fall 372
  • Atlas 373
  • Bedouin 374
  • A Morning’s Work 375
  • South-West Corner News 376
  • The Pinelands 377
  • Port-de-Richard 378
  • A Golden Day on the Gulf 379
  • Equinox 380
  • Monte Perdido 381
  • Extraordinary Moment 382
  • Mountain Study in Winter 383
  • Rock Crystal 384
  • In a Mountain Hut 385
  • Prose for the Col de Marie-Blanque 386
  • Saturday Night Whisky Talk* 387
  • The Winter-Spring Phase 388
  • The Road of Light 389
  • Wakan* 390
  • Misty Mornings in the South-West Studio 391
  • A Little Epistle from Spain 392
  • Extremadura 393
  • Passage West 394
  • The American Pelican 395
  • Old Man in Dogtown 396
  • Somewhere in New England 397
  • While Reading Robert Frost 398
  • Letter to Alaska 399
  • A Snowy Morning in Montreal 400
  • At Cape Tumult 401
  • Tadoussac 402
  • West Labrador 403
  • Achawakamik 404
  • Autumn Afternoon 405
  • Ungava 406
  • More News from Montreal 407
  • Point Omega Transit 408
  • A Short Walk among Primal Signs 410
  • The Rainy Season on Martinique 411
  • News from the Islands 412
  • Quiet Days on Guadeloupe 413
  • Memories of Indian River 414
  • Semaphore Hill Soliloquy 415
  • Another Island Journey 416
  • The Anegada Passage* 417
  • Seven Views of Virgin Gorda 418
  • In Praise of Pelicans 420
  • Companion of the Morning 421
  • Farewell to an Island 422
  • Final Note 423
  • Way Back 424
  • Eastern Waters Again 425
  • Autumn at Luk Wu Temple 426
  • Between Kaifeng and Kweiteh 427
  • The Lung-Shan Folk 428
  • A Little Chinese Story 429
  • In the Mountains of Taiwan 430
  • Stones of the Cloudy Forest* 431
  • Rangoon Rag 432
  • Earth Dance 433
  • Autumn in Kyoto 434
  • North Road, Japan* 435
  • In the Straits of Tsugaru 436
  • Joseph Martin’s Report 437
  • Back on the Atlantic Line 438
  • Settling into Yet Another Place 439
  • On the Quay at Lannion 440
  • At Gwenved* 441
  • Somewhere in Brittany* 442
  • The Old Sea-Chapel at Paimpol 443
  • Ile de Brehat 444
  • Goaslagorn 445
  • Point to Point 446
  • Armorica 447
  • Strathclyde 448
  • Aberdeen- A Pilgrimage 449
  • A Letter from Wisconsin 450
  • Good News out of Russia 451
  • Flotsam 452
  • Heard on the Moor 453
  • Autumn at Gwenved 454
  • On the Promontory 455
  • Meditant 456
  • Getting Things Ready for the Guest 457
  • Book VII - Leaves of an Atlantic Atlas 459
  • Venetian Notes 461
  • Codex Oceanicus 465
  • Isolario* 472
  • Fragments of a Logbook 476
  • The Western Gateways* 480
  • In the Sand Parishes 488
  • The Ocean Way* 490
  • The Armorican Manuscript* 493
  • Broken Ode to White Brittany* 501
  • The House at the Head of the Tide* 505
  • Ovid’s Report* 509
  • Brandan’s Last Voyage* 515
  • Labrador* 520
  • Logos Amerikanos* 526
  • An Orchestrated Chronicle of the Island 535
  • The Winter Ceremony* 540
  • Melville at Arrowhead* 544
  • Gauguin in Brittany 546
  • First Colloquium of the Gull Academy* 554
  • Letter from the Isles of America* 559
  • Elements of the American River System 563
  • The Northern Archives 565
  • In the Nachvak Night 567
  • The Virgins 569
  • On the Florida Keys 573
  • Finisterra* or the Logic of Lannion Bay 575
  • The Domain of Gwenved 578
  • Low Tide at Landrellec 580
  • Lament for McManus 583
  • The Poetics of Rain 585
  • Late August on the Coast* 588
  • Scotia Deserta 598
  • Notes 603
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