Poetry Map

We all know poems about Scotland but can the shape and nature of Scotland be drawn entirely in poetry? StAnza has set itself the challenge to see if this is the case. Find out more about the project and how to submit your poem by clicking here, or browse the poems using the map. Latest poems are listed below.

Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 196: St Monans

Wednesday 2 September 2015, 16:21

St Monans

A broken jawline
of staggered stones
speechless
before the archaeology
of wind and wave

Here lie the bones
of St Monans
the sandworms scroll
in their coiled
calligraphy

A monastery
of marigolds shelter
the shell-capped sage
from the ruins of memory
and disconsolate sea

 

John Brewster
published in Fringe of Gold edited by Tom Hubbard and Duncan Glen

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 195: Lochranza

Wednesday 2 September 2015, 10:55

After months of festivals and distractions, with the sun shining while autumn is in the air, it feels like time for our focus to come back to our map of Scotland. We'll soon be adding more poems to the map but meantime here's an extract from a poem by Sir Walter Scott suggested by Mark Stockdale, and the last line is perhaps not inappropriate thinking about all the poems yet to be added to the map and posted here....

 

Lord of the Isles

On fair Loch Ranza streamed the early day,
Thin wreaths of cottage-smoke are upward curled
From the lone hamlet, which her inland bay
And circling mountains sever from the world.
And there the fisherman his sale unfurled,
The goatherd drove his kids to steep Ben-ghoil,
Before the hut the dame her spindle twirled,
Courting the sunbeam as she plied her toil, -
For, wake, where’er he may, man wakes to care and toil.

Sir Walter Scott

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 194: Advocates Close, Edinburgh

Saturday 30 May 2015, 10:45

Give or Take

Step on this ride
Give me an inch,
I’ll take you for miles
Dislocated by a smile
Hold my mind
Cast off credulity and climb up into
this urban playground
Architecturally designed
Discrete unique vistas
Stop the clock times
Rush past linea and marginalised
Really red hysteria
Blank white skies edged in
Socialism and romanticism
or blue collared lies in this
Old town’s crowded equilibrium
Conforming middle grounds
Miss the cocktail party at the
Carnival of fools
Brilliantly disguised
Living subtitled lives
Move onto birth marks
and beauty spots
Part-object, part-spirit
Along close Advocates Lane’s
Faint sound of bagpipes and
Falling angels through
Silver nitrate fireworks
Panoramic surprises
Let’s document this
Squeeze out of a sunrise
From our dilated pupils
Share a tear from our eyes.

 

Julie Hogg

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 193: Crail

Friday 29 May 2015, 16:43

East Neuk Storm

The wind has tormented the sea for three days:
whole trees bob in the frothy brown shallows
and gulls shelter in the harbour, cramped
and calling between useless fishing boats
like irritable children kept at home.
Late summer butterflies struggle to escape
sudden shoots of spray; they veer away,
damp and heavy, their lives almost over.
A sparrow is taken unawares - he rises
above the waves and settles up the beach,
inspecting two creels, torn from the sea bed.
There are pale fish in one, two lobsters in the other,
or rather, one inside and the other pitched out,
their enamel blue-black as a bruise.

 

Vicky Mackenzie

Previously shortlisted for the William Soutar Writing Prize 2011

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 192: near Dollar

Thursday 28 May 2015, 16:39

The Solsgirth Snake

The huge metal clasp that held my father’s pit bag jumble, a mesh string sack, was
A giant’s safety pin. Lilliputian, I was fascinated. Could never touch,
But stared up goggle-eyed as it lay dormant on the kitchen counter.
The orange boiler suit he wore, soot-stained, crumpled in a ball
Spoke of Work and Tired and Don’t Pester Him. I remember
The time he brought a fossil home, glossy, blue-black, with the imprint
Of scales, rough, around the outside. It was a snake chunk, squat as a sushi roll.
No other thing I had owned had held such dread and glamour: such mystery -
Ageless, reptilian coal: how I treasured it, clutched it in my hand at night
Showed it to other awed six-year-olds, then snatched it back. I have it still.
I am older now, and keep it in a drawer: it bides its time.

 

Leona Skene

Previously published in Treasures (Scottish Book Trust, 2013)

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 191: Saughtree

Wednesday 27 May 2015, 20:43

Wolf Sky

The Tay Bridge engine wheezes
to a stop pulling six-wheeled coaches
in purple-brown. Nobody gets out
or in. On the platform snow drifts
over the Roxburgh stone
at Saughtree station.
Steam vanishes.

So does the train.
I am left with hail cutting
my face. An arctic hare bounds
across the frozen fields.
Ung-unk. Pink-footed geese, slender
as sewing needles, glide
through the sky, wolf-grey.

 

Edwin Stockdale

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