He has been a teacher of French, poetry and creative writing at the University level before retiring in 2019.
An 18th-century wheel and herringbone bookbinding inspired Kinloch's poem.
'Although the poem chronicles loss, I — and hopefully the reader — gain in understanding. We understand how important a simple handshake can and should be. Something that we had taken for granted is renewed. And the bindings have changed for ever too because they have been written about in this way at this particular moment in history.'
'Wheel Binding with Secondary Herringbone, 1752' by David Kinloch (PDF). This version is the work in its original form, as provided by the artist.
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