Malcolm Ritchie’s ‘small lines on the great earth’

… showed up in the mail. It’s a pristine book of gem-like beauties, the poems finely cut and paired with the author’s drawings. small lines on the great earth is divided into six sections. The section titles strung together make the perfect Malcolm Ritchie poem on their own. Like so:

small lines on the great earth

in these lines is my reclusion

an iron fish rusts
beyond this silence

within each wave
the dead cicada

Longhouse Publishers & Booksellers, West Brattleboro, Vermont

Malcolm Ritchie was born in London, in 1940. He spent his childhood in Scotland, where he received his early education. In later years he moved to Cornwall, in the U.K., and attended art school there. Since then he has traveled widely and has lived in Wales, London, California, New York, and for nearly 10 years in Japan. He now lives in Scotland again, on the Isle of Arran.

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