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. 270: Corryvreckan

Thursday 21 July 2016, 19:10
Corryvreckan
 
An oilskinned roughneck eyed us up
and promised us the sober thrills
of speed and boiling tides and swells.
His jet-boat whipped like light across
the waveless sound. Aboard, we gripped
each other, scared the stiffish breeze
might prise us from our open seats
and push us down to drown us in the deep.
A spew of fulmars streaked across our wake,
familiars of the promised demon of the straits.
 
The engines cut, we drifted out
between the tense black knuckles
of the islands, both expecting to be wowed
by swirling eddies, whitened lips of water
round a whirlpool, bottomless,
the gulping of a monster’s throat,
draining down then fiercely bubbling up.
Instead, a sheet of troubled glass,
the serpent-hissing of the ebbing tide
and other inconclusive signs of Hell.
 
The ocean chose today to hide its malice,
not perform its canny tricks to order,
staying calm when every instinct was to rage.
Then, later on, your lapping sighs, your
sea-grey eyes half closed against
the coming storm, the spinning sky,
the water filling up the space between us,
then, the swirling gurgle of the plug,
the water draining from the bath.
We shiver, like this warmth is all we have.
 
Andy Jackson

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 269: Duns

Wednesday 20 July 2016, 15:01

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 268: St Andrews

Friday 15 July 2016, 12:00
from Apocrypha (II)
 
The Apocalypse of Judas,
chapter thirteen, verse
something or other:
 
as cows feed on clover,
crows on earthworms,
so men desire digestive charms.
 
It is beauty sustains us . . .
lean cuts from the Cross,
Italian shoes.
 
Therefore avoid St Andrews,
its burnt crust of a castle,
golf ball truffles,
 
the West Sands
a mouth-watering prospect for the damned.
 
A.B. Jackson
from 'The Wilderness Party' (Bloodaxe Books, 2015)

 

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 267: Millport

Thursday 14 July 2016, 20:31
Old Millie
 
I smile when I see the sea it feels like home.
 
Millie was so inviting she showed me history and took me on an enchanting tour.
 
There was no guide just sweet wee Millie quietly whispering and uncovering lots of treasure, to those who would listen, to those who would enable her Beauty to be seen.
 
There was a wee story that the street behind the Newton bar lay an enchanted wall, legend has it that when the moon was full the wall would open to reveal a secret garden. 
 
There's a crocodile shaped rock treasured among new comers and old comers.
 
Now mr croc is subject to the new selfie or two but before it would just be the old disposable camera point and snap.
 
Millie is full of surprises in every little nook and cranny there is something for everyone.
 
I've had mint ice cream that tasted just like toothpaste don't knock it though until you've tried it.
 
There's rock pools with the odd pearl if your lucky.
 
Don't get jealous we have experienced the odd giant jellyfish or two washed up for a stinging session on the beach.
 
There's also the butcher they do good picnic items for a good beach barbie most people prefer Kames Bay but the other beaches are equally good. 
 
In the end I have to leave so I take a deep breath and whisper........ Thank you Millie. 
 
Lindsay Kinloch

 

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 266: Killin

Thursday 14 April 2016, 12:04
Inhabitation
 
This is a longhouse, a hut
knee-deep in damp, a runnel
separating bairns from cows.
It is made of found stones,
the first turf roof replaced
by red-painted corrugated iron.
 
There is not much inside,
the cluttered mantel holds the clock
and three prized flowery plates.
The cooking happens on the fire,
the bed in the recess sleeps three,
but there’s a parlour kept decent
for the minister, the laird, a coffin.
 
But this is home, because
the flecked and rippled chestnut spars
that roof the byre shine red like light
filtered through closed eyelids,
because the blackened pot
always steaming on the hob
simmers to the stirrer’s pulse.
 
 
 
from The Territory of Rain (Red Squirrel Press, 2016)
 

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 265: Helensburgh

Tuesday 29 March 2016, 10:01

Mackintosh, still

White walls
Oh that hint of grey
Mackintosh through and through
Honeysuckle rooms. Red roses.
Stands still
 
 
Sioned Gill

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