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From Boy to Man

by Colin Kirkwood (Author)



ISBN: 9780992739270


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From Boy to Man: Poems by Colin Kirkwood (Paperback) (ISBN: 9780992739270)

"It is almost fifty years since five poems by Colin Kirkwood appeared in a Glasgow University booklet edited by Edwin Morgan, at a time when Colin was doing postgraduate work on Ezra Pound. This most welcome and long overdue collection marks its own authentic place in modern Scottish literature, connecting with the pioneering prosody of Americans like Robert Creeley and Scots like Ian Hamilton Finlay. From Boy to Man heralds a fully engaged life spent in adult pedagogy grounded in Paulo Freire, and interpersonal psychotherapy in the tradition of Colin Kirkwood's compatriots, Ian Suttie and Ronald Fairbairn." Tom Leonard

"Every word and phrase carefully chosen and honed: sometimes precise as gemstones, sometimes allusive - and even when sometimes elusive, these poems concentrate or tease the mind. A lifetime of pondering fleeting glimpses of shifting boundaries and senses of things and relationships. To be savoured and enjoyed by everyone who likes art refined by care and craft." Bob Tait

"From Boy to Man is a beautiful and evocative collection of poems, one you can either dip into or submerge yourself and soak happily in for a long time. Bravo Colin Kirkwood, your images and language are stunning. Take your place among Scottish poets, and write more." Zinnie Harris

COLIN KIRKWOOD is a son of the manse who grew up in Caithness, Galloway and Ayrshire. He studied at Ardrossan Academy, the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and the Scottish Institute of Human Relations. He has been described as a Scottish generalist, with interests in literature and the arts, moral philosophy, politics, education, religion, and psychoanalysis. His working life has been devoted to adult and workers education, community action, and latterly counselling and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He was WEA District Secretary in south-east Scotland, Senior Lecturer in Counselling Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and Senior Psychotherapist at Huntercombe Hospital, where he worked with women and girls with severe eating disorders.

He is the author of The Scots as Persons in Transition: There is Another Way (2014), The Persons in Relation Perspective in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Community Adult Learning (2012), Living Adult Education: Freire in Scotland (with Gerri Kirkwood) (1989, 2007, 2011), The Development of Counselling in Shetland: A Study of Counselling in Society (2000), Vulgar Eloquence: Essays on Education, Community and Politics (1990), and Adult Education and the Unemployed (edited, with Sally Griffiths) (1984).

Earlier publications included: Angelic Talker: An Introduction to the Poetry of Robert Creeley (1967), Community Democracy (1975) and Vulgar Eloquence: The Poetry of Tom Leonard (1985).

During the 1970s and 80s, he played a leading part in the community newspaper and writers workshop movements. Publications with which he was associated include Staveley Now, Castlemilk Today, Scottish Tenant and Clock Work.


ISBN 992739276
ISBN13 9780992739270
Publisher Word Power Books
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/12/2015
Pages 80
Weight (grammes) 651.00
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 203
Width (mm) 127