A Scarlet Thread

By Elizabeth Burns
ISBN 978-0-9928946-2-7
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This elegantly crafted sequence of poems about Scottish painter Anne Redpath displays Elizabeth Burns’ sensitivity to colour, place and time as she contemplates the life of the artist.

‘She writes with a painterly richness.’ Poetry Wales

‘there is a feeling of substance and time-well-invested when reading this collection of ten short poems, and there is also a sense that Burns is delving much deeper than most ekphrastic poetry we see nowadays’. Richie McCaffrey, londongrip


She remembered her father weaving tweed –
a thread of scarlet running through grey.

In her Border landscapes, the frosty grass
is lime-yellow, verges sea-green, violet
and here’s the orange and plum-coloured earth
of Kyleakin, a lilac sea at Pittenweem

and here, red slippers from a fairytale
set on an Indian rug with blue leaves,
a green flower becoming a bird
and the bright red berries.

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