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In the Becoming

Publication Date
15 June 2009
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In the Becoming

Selected and New Poems

"A subtle, lyrical poet," - The Scotsman

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Since the publication of his first collection, Rough Seas, in 1987, Tom Pow has been recognised as one of Scotland’s foremost contemporary poets; lyrical, celebratory and sensitive to the world around him. In The Becoming, New and Selected Poems, draws on Pow’s work over the last two decades, from Rough Seas (1987) to his latest book, Dear Alice – Narratives of Madness (2008), including poems from Sparks!, his poetic correspondence with Diana Hendry, and Transfusion, his praise poem for Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. The collection charts his ongoing poetical concerns: an exploration of landscape from the rainforest to the Arctic; an interest in how history and narrative shape our understanding of the present; and, in the new poems, a maturing engagement with those large themes that lie at the heart of Pow’s poetry, namely love and death. In The Becoming offers a timely reading of one of the finest poets of his generation.

Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh in 1950. Primarily an award-winning poet, he has also written young adult novels, picture books, radio plays and travel books. He has held various writing posts, including that of Scottish/Canadian Writing Fellow, based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and Virtual Writer in Residence (Scotland’s first) for the Scottish Library Association’s Scottish Writers Project. Tom was the first ever Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival from 2001 to 2003. From 2000 to 2009, he was a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Storytelling at the University of Glasgow in Dumfries, and is currently Honorary Senior Research Fellow there as well as a part-time lecturer on Lancaster University’s distance learning Masters in Creative Writing. More information can be found at

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