Columba Paperback


by Kenneth C. Steven;

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Columba, the sixth-century Irish monk, has had an enormous influence on the story of Scotland.

Kenneth Steven, a best-selling poet, takes us on Columba's difficult journey from Ireland to the west coast of Scotland. He takes us on many other journeys too - both real and imagined, ancient and modern. Columba's journey becomes a metaphor for embarking on voyages of faith of many sorts and from many kinds of shores.

Simple, Powerful, Spiritual, this is a brilliant collection by an exceptional poet.


The fields lay white beneath a snow of sun
And birds were restless underneath, they rose and wheeled
Like silver leaves. The skies were more than blue;
Burnished and beaten with a strange brilliance.
The angels are coming, I thought;
The angels will come in the night
When a huge moon ovals through these bright and cloudless skies;
They will come to bind the sheaves
While we are fast asleep.
They will work the fields, their wings tight-folded,
All through the white night of this September,
The moon gliding high like a balloon
Over the glazed harvest of the world;
Nothing moving except the angels and the wind, until the task is done
In the warm stillness of the dawn.

"Enjoying [Kenneth Steven's work] intensely - style and subject." Ted Hughes

Columba by Kenneth C. Steven was published by St Andrew Press in April 2005 and is our 27959th best seller. The ISBN for Columba is 9780715208229.

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Details for Columba

Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherSt Andrew Press (April 2005)
Number of Pages80
Thickness12 mm
Height216 mm
Width135 mm
Product Code100888
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