Andrew Blair

Andrew Blair is a poet and performer living in Musselburgh. He co-produces the Saboteur Award-nominated Poetry as F*ck podcast with Ross McCleary, which also puts on events such as Poets Against Humanity, The R-Pattz Facttz and The Ambassador’s Reception – a spoken word murder mystery night set in the extended Ferrero Rocher universe. His work has been featured in Gutter, Valve and 404 Ink. His debut collection, An Intense Young Man at an Open Mic Night, was published in 2017 by House of Three press.

Photo: Ross Hill


Necessarily Looking Backward »

New poems commissioned by StAnza for the Muriel Spark centenary

Thu 8 March - Sun 11 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street


The One

Kiss me the way you kissed
That satsuma in your bedroom;
The one you have for practice.

Kiss me the way you kissed your mirror,
Leaving dead skin and ghosts
of longing behind.

Dance with me the way you danced
With that stolen scarecrow
In your Dad’s shed.
Let’s kick up dust and get splinters.

Bandage my gums the way you taxidermied that owl:
With admiration in your eyes, yet constantly
On the lookout for foxes.

Kiss me on the outside
Of the crematorium.


Andrew Blair

From An Intense Young Man at an Open Mic (House of Three Press, 2017)