Jim Crumley

Jim Crumley is a Scottish nature writer and the author of forty books. His most recent project is a quartet of books on the theme of the seasons: the final volume, The Nature of Summer, is due out in June. The Nature of Spring was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week choice. Poetry has always been an integral part of his work, and all his books feature it to one extent or another. His work has been shortlisted for several awards including the Saltire Society Literary Awards, the Wainwright Prize and the Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.


Headshot of Jim Crumley against a background of trees

Photo: Polly Pullar


Coastlines: Sea poetry from Tentsmuir »

A relaxed poetry reading from Anna Crowe, Jim Crumley and Valerie Gillies

Wed 4 March | 14:00 - 15:45 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre


West of the Daylight Moon

Just west of the daylight moon and hard on the heels
of the shroud of a departing thundercloud,
a skylark reintroduced the thunder-dumbstruck land
to singing.

Then lark after lark they rose and their songs
fell to earth as flakes of ringing silver
that cracked a smile on the stone-dead frown
of Beethoven.

His inner ear stirred, and his quill hand
crossed page after page, for the larks
had reintroduced him to singing
and symphony.

And the darkness of deafness turned and fled
just as the thundercloud had roared then yielded
to the more glorious furies of rainbow
and larksong 

just west of the daylight moon.


Jim Crumley

From Skylark (Saraband, 2016)