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Whithorn Manse

Alastair Reid was born at the manse in Whithorn in 1926 - 2014. Since World War Two he has lived in the United States, France, Spain, Greece, Switzerland and Central and Southern America.
He has published over twenty books – poetry, translations, collections of prose and books for children – and has himself been much translated. Since 1951, he has contributed to the New Yorker Magazine which, with his other work has established for him a worldwide reputation.

This plaque above is on Bruce Street, the road to the Church, where his father was minister, and to the manse, Alastair Reid's first home.

obit in The New Yorker

Whithorn Manse
I knew it as Eden, that lost walled garden, past the green edge of priory and village; and, bejond it, the house, whithdrawn, white, one window alight.
Returning, I wonder, idly, uneasily, what eyes from inside look out now, not in, as once mine did,  and what might grant me a right of entry?
Is it never dead, then, that need of an Eden?
Even this eve…

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