Award winning poet Phyllis Anderson presents her first poetry anthology.
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Nature has played a key role in my life as a poet and writer.
As a child, I'd spend days that stretched beyond time exploring the woodland surrounding my home. Whether climbing trees, picking primroses clustered in copses, or meandering amongst bluebells, growing up was truly a sensory and wondrous experience.
Now my life has turned full circle. I currently live on a ten thousand acre country estate where cows graze on pastoral landscape - an environment which fuels the poetic imagination.
This first volume of poetry is the culmination of my observations made over the last few years. The title 'Ice Melts' is taken from “Haiku for Mountaineers,” which alludes to the hardships suffered by climbers to reach the oft elusive summit.
The first poem in this anthology is about 'The Cobbler,' or Ben Arthur, which is part of a group of mountains known as the Arrochar Alps.
This climb is a favourite of mine, and the poem was given first place by the competition judges of Scottish Mountaineer magazine. They were kind in their praise.
'Phyllis Anderson draws some lovely parallel images between our beloved Cobbler and its shoemaking namesake in an accessible, well paced piece. The central character of such a well loved and familiar mountain stirring the affection of most judges and gaining Phyllis first prize.'
I hope you enjoy it.
Wise climbers realise that it is the mountain that conquers the heart of the climber.