• 27 February 2015

    HERE Hare the opening verses of Burns's To a Mountain-Daisy (full title: On turning one down, with the Plough, in April -1786).

  • 26 February 2015

    Burns celebrated a mountain-daisy - and Keats featured the modest crimson-tipped flower in this fragment from his Extracts from an Opera.

  • 25 February 2015

    WRITING in Scots, as he often did, the Perth poet William Soutar shows a sardonic (and rather dark) humour in this tale of the frog and the toad.

  • 24 February 2015

    WRITING in English, the Perth poet William Soutar reflects on the consolations of nature - and the limitations thereof (from Into a Room, his Selected Poems edited and with an introduction by Carl MacDougall and Douglas Gifford (Argyll Publishing, £7.99).

  • 23 February 2015

    KENNETH Steven of Dunkeld wonders if sometime in the future the mysterious world of the Picts and their art and artefacts will communicate to us over the mute gulf of centuries.

  • 21 February 2015

    IN a week in which birds have loomed large, the last words (or caws) are given to Helen B Cruickshank's sociable rabble.

  • 20 February 2015

    A TALL poet in playful confrontation with a very small bird.

  • 19 February 2015

    TWO tiny, contrasting, tributes to the king of birds.