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On the Hard Rain


Today’s Sunday Herald contains reflections by John Burnside stemming from the recent floods in England and Wales. It’s a typically intelligent, meditative piece written in the considered, weighed and weighted voice that admirers of Burnside cherish. There’s no hint of hysteria, not even green hysteria, in his futurology* simply a measured meditation on what the increased threat of flooding demands of us.

*Let’s face it, the finest poets are often the unacknowledged futurologists of the world and Burnside is one of our finest.

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