James Knox Whittet
This first full collection from Scottish poet James Knox Whittet combines the playful and the intellectual, moving easily between Wittgenstein and the Teletubbies. Some of Knox Whittet's poetry is inspired by the landscapes and history of Scottish islands, while elsewhere he is at Newport Pagnell Service Station at 3am, or writing about Iris Murdoch's Alzheimer's. There is also a poem about the little-known fact that Hitler attended the same school as Wittgenstein.
James Knox Whittet was born and brought up on the Hebridean island of Islay. His poems have won the George Crabbe Memorial Award three times and his poetry pamphlet, Seven Poems for Engraved Fishermen (Meniscus, 2004), was shortlisted for the Callum MacDonald Award from the National Library of Scotland. He has edited two acclaimed anthologies for Iron Press: 100 Island Poems of Great Britain and Ireland and Writers on Islands ; the latter was nominated by the Scotsman as one of the Books of the Year. He now lives in Norfolk.
Published in January 2012
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