Hamish Whyte’s most recent collection, The Unswung Axe, was published by Shoestring Press in late 2012.
The Unswung Axe features mostly poems from the previous five years: themes include childhood memories, dreams, family and places (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Rome).
In late 2013 Happenstance Press will publish his pamphlet Hannah, Are You Listening?
A spring day by the Water of Leith:
I happened to turn my head in time
To see a heron catch up an eel
And take off, the eel a black wriggle
In its beak: a decisive moment: a haiku.
First thought, a lucky sighting;
Then somehow a wish to rewind, back
Along the path, to notice the heron
Standing in the river, motionless,
Patient, watching the water—
And leave it there.
—from The Unswung Axe