"Do you guess I have some intricate purpose?
Well I have.. for the April rain has, and the mica on the side of a rock has."
— Walt Whitman
Mica - a mineral. It glitters, like a crumb you want to pick up.
Learning How to Sing is a new collection of poems written
since The Gates of Light was published by Mica Press in 2016. The author of New Guide to Poetry
and Poetics (Rodopi Editions, 2013), The Golden Harvester: the
Vision of Edwin Muir (Aberdeen University Press, 1988) and The
Cassell Dictionary of English Grammar (Cassell, 1996), as well as
six previous poetry collections, James Aitchison was born in Stirlingshire in 1938 and educated at Glasgow
and Strathclyde Universities. In the 1960s he worked as a publicity
copywriter at The Scotsman Publications in Edinburgh, after which he held
a series of minor posts in Scottish colleges and universities. He and his wife
lived in Gloucestershire for five years and returned to Stirlingshire in 2007.
James Aitchison is a former poetry critic at The Scotsman and The (Glasgow)