by Julian Colton
Nature provides ‘a limitless job creation scheme for poets’, and Julian Colton proves more than equal to the task in Cold Light of Morning. Flashes of a personal and a wider historical past illuminate the poet’s present, but this is no sentimental journey: ‘there is no going home or going forward’. A Manchester-born poet, now living in the Scottish Borders, Colton writes with a ‘strong sense of place and a bleak sense of foreboding for the future’.
978-0-9926485-7-2. Cultured Llama. PB. 90pp. 203x127mm. March 2015. £10.00.
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Cold Light of Morning strips the world down to its elemental and dialectical parts – birth and death, war and peace, landscape, love and loss. Drawing on the Scottish Border Ballads, by Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg, Colton writes about the flora, fauna and folk of the Borders with a strong sense of place and a bleak sense of foreboding for the future.
Andy Croft, Smokestack Books
Colton is a poet of ‘the disturbed path’s wild flower margin’, and describes himself as a ‘dog with a fat worded bone’. This kind of contrast and word choice makes the book as a whole and the individual poems often sparkle verbally and visually.
Tessa Ransford OBE, Poetry Practitioner and Adviser
Julian Colton was born in Manchester and has lived in the Scottish Borders for over twenty years. He was CREATE Writer-in-Residence for Dumfries and Galloway, and was one of the lead poets at the prestigious Abbotsford Poetry Showcases – reading in situ at the home of Sir Walter Scott. He currently edits The Eildon Tree magazine, contributes articles and literary reviews, and has particular interests in writing and teaching poetry. Cold Light of Morning is his fourth collection of poetry.