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. 184: Largs

Wednesday 20 May 2015, 16:14

Largs haiku

palm trees
the white-topped waves
in an ice cream cone

 

Katrina Shepherd

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 183: Tarlair

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 20:13

Tarlair

The old man pauses
Catches his breath,
Eyes narrowed sea-ward,
inward, timeward
Tired ears straining
To hear the song

Snatched up by the wind,
the years, the sea-flung spray
of younger days
when she ran,
bairns scooped
into the saltshock cold.

Toe-stubbing pebbles
skelped fair shins,
Head flung back
on waves of laughter,
Riding high, a Force of Nature
His life-force … she was bonny then.

Changing rooms, now boarded
Saw the tight, white
wet skin peeled
from seersucker suits,
Tangled braids
wrung out, shook loose.

A dervish wind
Mocking, blocking
The slap and flap
Of dookers flung
by jumping boys
with ruthless mirth.

At Tarlair
Characters are salted,
Tear-stung, wind-whipped
Licked clean.
Music stirs the nooks and crannies
Time forgot.

And as they gather
Down the brae,
Winding through the rocks and years,
Friends ensure
A special place
in this
Circle of embrace
And Tarlair lives again.

 

Anna Lavigne

The poem was composed for and presented at an open air recital at the pool as part of the annual COAST Arts Festival. Anna Lavigne's words were set to music and accompanied by Inverurie saxophonist Alastair Thomson.

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 182: Loch Lee

Thursday 14 May 2015, 16:32

 

Harry Smart

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 181: Chocolate Factory, Oban

Wednesday 13 May 2015, 16:25

Chocolate Kiss

Chocolate kiss,
Feels funny
Writing this.

My mouth, filled with
Sweet cocoa and cream
Chocolate brownie and cream
Chocolate fish which
I can dip in the cream.

And the only thing
I can think
Is how to kiss you
With a mouth full
Of chocolate and cream.

Love comes through
The senses;
That’s great when
All there is, is
Chocolate and cream
And the endless combinations
You can make
When you kiss.

 

Liliane Mavridara

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 180: Hyndland

Tuesday 12 May 2015, 16:23

Plein Air

My feeling when I saw,
the white graffiti scrawled in Polworth Lane
between the black and blistered downpipes
like any common tag,
was one of bitter disappointment.

I would have thought my west end worthy
of a more creative despoliation
say a customised motif
using elegant Helvetica
sprayed in mocha tones
to match the pinkish render on the wall.

But no, just three stark capitals,
HYT
announcing to the world
G12 is now ganged up,
for Hyndland has a Young Team.
Apparently the Broomhill Bloods
are bricking it.

David Moffat

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 179: Firth of Forth

Monday 11 May 2015, 16:10

The Mutton Birds

In September 2002 thousands of sooty shearwaters, also known as mutton birds, landed on the shores of the Firth of Forth having flown hundreds of miles off course on their journey home from the Arctic to Argentina.

It’s crowded. Conversations are going on all around,
going on into the distance. This is the soft thrill I am now a part of,
or have been a part of, recognise at least. I hold on as best I can,

swaying with the motion, leaning a little now and then into the possibilities.
In a need to keep steady I look out through the windows. The sea
spreads before us, pink and grey and motionless, giving nothing away,

so as we glide towards the first faint city lights I almost miss what I’m seeing:
the beach and the rocks are flooded with birds; dark and strange
they are crowding the shoreline; for miles and miles they are blackening the sand

and there are distant conversations I know I’m not hearing……..

Jenny Elliott

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