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Fiction, Poetry
Publication Date
01 January 2005
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Ltd

The Colour of Black and White

Poems 1984-2003
by Liz Lochhead - Find out more about the author



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'An inspirational presence in British poetry – funny, feisty, female, full of feeling' – Carol Ann Duffy

The poems within this remarkable collection are often poems of love or death and iconic figures, Jungian archetypes, animus figures with strong outlines, harsh comfort and, often, voices of their own which dominate the first, the ’title’, section of the book.

Here you can find poems that are both autobiographical or entirely fictional set in Liz Lochhead’s native rural/industrial Lanarkshire. There are also poems dedicated to other poets and a section of the rude and the rhyming, the out-loud, boldly revealing Lochhead’s interest in ’unrespectable’ poetry, in black prison ’toasts’, in recitations, folk-poems and music hall monologues. The colour of both the black and the white.

The collaboration with the printmaker Willie Rodger was also an essential part of the making of this book. Lochhead, long an admirer of Rodger’s work, felt strongly that he was a kindred spirit and his poetically pared down and essential lino cuts accentuate the positive and the negative, the black and the white.

Liz Lochhead is a Fellow of Glasgow School of Art, an Honorary Doctor of Letters of Glasgow University, a Fellow of RSAMD and of Glasgow Institute of Art, and is an Honorary President of the Scottish Poetry Library. Her poetry collections include Dreaming Frankenstein (Polygon, 1984), True Confessions and New Clichés (Polygon, 1985), Bagpipe Muzak (Penguin, 1991), The Colour of Black and White: Poems 1984 – 2003 (Polygon, 2003), A Choosing: Selected Poems (Polygon, 2011) and Fugitive Colours (Polygon, 2016).

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