Soloist

Seeing above Glen Lyon a forester
sawing in a shaft of sunlight so far

downwind the sound is drowned
by perpetual lark-song, I am drawn

to that sweltering auditorium decades ago
and Rostropovitch playing Dvorak's cello

concerto; folk melody rising, the soloist
silhouetted in a nimbus of gold-dust

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What the critics say

An outstanding sequence of poems. Grown-up, reflective, and unsentimental.  One, 'Homecoming', is the best poem of married love by a modern Scot since Norman MacCaig hit his own heights with 'The Sinai Sort'. — Robert Nye, The Scotsman

This booklet contains 26 poems which are among his best, perhaps because they concern themselves with two subjects fundamental in his life: the power of music, and love based upon the deep trust and intimacy of marriage. —  J. B. Pick, Markings

Stewart Conn engages with important themes, particularly love and death, with emotional authenticity... [He] has an uncanny ability to extract the latent power of image and narrative rather than add on inappropriate ‘significance’ – these are honest, wise, resonant, and well written poems. — Rob A Mackenzie, Sphinx

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