Raithean airson Sireadh / Seasons for Seeking cover

Title Details

Paperback
November 2017
6 x 9 inches
112 pages
ISBN 978-1-988747-05-7
$15.99 CA / $12.99 US / £9.99 UK

Ebook
November 2017
ISBN 978-1-988747-07-1 (Kindle)
ISBN 978-1-988747-08-8 (EPUB)
$6.99 US / $8.99 CA

Ràithean airson Sireadh / Seasons for Seeking

Poems of Rumi for the Gaelic cultural Calendar in Nova Scotia

Lewis MacKinnon’s fourth Scottish Gaelic poetry collection features translations of selected poems by Coleman Barks, well-known interpreter of the renowned 13th-century Persian poet Rumi, alongside MacKinnon’s own original poems. The poems in this bilingual collection are grouped thematically in sections corresponding to days that are celebrated in the Gaelic cultural calendar year in Nova Scotia.

Resources

  • Musical audiobook edition also available
  • Book launch concert featuring Scott Macmillan & Saeed Foroughi at the Seahorse Tavern, Halifax
  • CBC News story: “‘Echoing off the walls of God’: 13th-century Muslim poet translated into Gaelic”
  • Listed with the Nova Scotia School Book Bureau, NSSBB #2002047 (view)

Reviews

Tha MacFhionghuin a’ toirt dhuinn sealladh air cuid de bhàrdachd agus smuaintean cumhachdach is cudromach bho inntinn fìor iongantach, o dhuine bho linn fad air ais an eachdraidh agus o àite fad’ air falbh, ach fear le faclan a bhios fhathast buntainneach do ‘r beatha làitheil an-diugh. Obair mhath, air a cur gu math, agus airidh air aire farsaing. Molaidh mi dhan t-saoghal i. Ach bithibh faiceallach—faodaidh i smaoineachadh domhain a thoirt oirbh!
—Aonghas MacLeòid, Còbh Anndra, Ceap Breatainn, AN

MacKinnon gives us an insight into some powerful and important poetry and thoughts from a truly remarkable mind, that of a man from a distant past and a far away place, but one whose words still resonate with everyday life today. A fine and well put together piece of work, worthy of widespread attention. I recommend it to the world. Beware—it will make you think.
—Angus MacLeod, Goose Cove, Cape Breton, NS

Tha an leabhar grinn seo a’ toirt ri chèile bàrdachd bho dhiofar linntean is dùthchannan ach uile air tòir na h-aon ceann-uidhe—gliocas. […] Tha e na thlachd mhòr sgrìobhadh cudromach ùr mar seo a leughadh à Canada. Thillear dhan leabhar seo iomadach ùr gus cèilidh a-rithist air cuid de na dàin. […T]ha feadhainn a dh’fheumar cnuasachd is cuid eile a tha goirid, grinn is a bhualas nad inntinn mar ghath grèine. Gun teagamh bheir e ort meòrachadh air ioma chuspair, is thig tlachd an cois sin.
—An Dr. Aonghas MacLeòid, Glaschu

This elegant book brings together poetry from different eras and countries but all in pursuit of the same objective—wisdom. […] It’s a great delight to read important new writing like this from Canada. One will return to this book many times to visit some of the poems. […S]some must be pondered and others are short, neat and strike your mind like a sunbeam. Without doubt it will make you ponder many subjects, which will itself be a joy to the reader.
—Dr. Angus MacLeod, Glasgow