Iggleheim’s Ark by David Kinloch


A new pamphlet-length collection by award-winning poet David Kinloch

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Once, there was a German Count called Iggleheim. An enlightened soul, who loved beauty above all else, he became alarmed when he heard about a prophecy predicting that a limitless flood would engulf the world on 20th February, 1524. Immediately, he ordered the construction of a three-storey ark on the Rhine…

At once poetic fable and almost-true story, the poems in Iggleheim’s Ark take inspiration from Iggleheim’s extravagant, ill-fated attempt to save his beloved paintings from an impending apocalypse.

David Kinloch was born, brought up and educated in Glasgow. The author of five full collections of poems, he is also a critic and scholar with many publications in the fields of French, Translation and Scottish Studies. He is a Trustee of The Edwin Morgan Trust and helped to set up the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

Praise for previous collections:

“Some Women is a collection written at the highest pitch of erudition, passion and humour.” James Sutherland Smith, PN Review

“Pointed, punchy, serious where it needs to be, witty wherever it can be, written by someone who knows that free verse is not just cut-up prose, someone aware of the value, and meaning, and double meaning, and sound, and rhythm of every word.” Paul Thompson, Mumble Words

“The poetry – including the long title sequence – is testing in parts, but all to the good, and the language deployed with true finesse. In many instances we get what we are promised: not spiritual components simplified in verse, not aura; but ‘ordinary energies’ intensified, made vivid.” Alexander Hutchison, PN Review, on Finger of a Frenchman (Carcanet)

“His capacity for building larger structures out of individual poems (one of the most memorable aspects of Paris-Forfar) is undiminished…” Peter Manson, Object Permanence on Un Tour d’Ecosse (Carcanet)