of Yesteryear and Today
by Andrew Farmer
conditioned to discomfort,
And to body contortions needed
To work fast in kneehigh seams,
Even when above ground they'd squat
Instinctively on haunches to chat,
A convivial huddle of hunkered energy
Not unlike the compaction in coal itself."
From the poem 'Hard
"Born in 1914,
raised in a mining village, and a miner myself for 34 years,
I well remember how things once were. Drew
Farmer's poems tell it true and they'll long outlive me."
Bowhill and Cardenden
Fife's rich coal
mining heritage, both above and below ground, is evocatively
set against a backdrop of life in and around the village of Kinglassie.
This blend of past and present, of the nostalgic with the contemporary,
takes poetry into new realms of human experience.
Published by Andrew
50 Norman Drive,
Old Catton, Norwich,