Jim Crumley is a nature writer, poet, journalist, and passionate advocate for Scotland's wildlife and wild places. He is the author of more than thirty books, including the full-length works The Nature of Autumn, Nature's Architect (about the reintroduction of beavers), and The Eagle's Way, as well as two new additions to his Encounters in the Wild series of short monographs, Badger and Skylark. He is also the author of The Last Wolf, The Great Wood and The Winter Whale. Crumley is a columnist in the Courier and the Scots Magazine, and has broadcast regularly on radio and—very occasionally—on television.
The Poetry of Earth
‘The poetry of earth is never dead’, John Keats
A swan is a sonnet, she knows
fourteen ways to rhyme, she nests
by seven willows – these cast
about her a net of seven shadows
that whisper ancient fears,
told and retold since glaciers held sway,
then warming slunk away.
And earth is a couplet – land and sea,
you and me, swan and willow tree.
From Swan (Saraband, 2015)