Helen Boden

Helen Boden’s poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including New Writing Scotland, Mslexia and the new Umbrellas of Edinburgh (Freight). She also collaborates with visual artists to make place-specific text art and responsive poetry. She has published critical essays on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century poetry, women's writing, travel writing, and contemporary Scottish poetry, identity and culture; as well as education resources on creative writing, walking and wellbeing. Helen has worked with the National Galleries of Scotland’s writing group Words on Canvas since its inception in 2008. They have produced two pamphlets, Words on Canvas and Words on Watercolour, given numerous public readings and for the past four years have written in response to exhibitions in Edinburgh and Perth by the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour.

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Photo: Olga Wojtas

Events

Sightlines »

Ekphrastic poetry responding to new artwork at the festival

Thu 2 March - Sat 4 March | 13:00 - 17:00 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Meet the Artist »

Meet some of the poets from the Sightlines exhibition

Fri 3 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Poem

Young Buck
After Colin Blanchard, June Buck

in his shadow he’s cast his own lore
self-portrait as a landscape

I am
Actaeon 

the Capelaw beast
under whose branchy legs
corrugated grasses sing
syllables
                fleet
                          gone

narrow-backed
he can’t project
more than a pentameter or two
before the wind
startles
still life into move

ceramic-set
he’s fixed on ninety paces hence
at some moorside mottling
he smells
                 he knows

is beak and tail
of what a raptor let remain

gaze
             ears
                       nostrils

pegged
on metaphor
for chase and prey
                                rejection
                                                  kill

he faces the
symbolism of
the cervidae
innards spilled
in consonants and vowels
these days when
he sees
motorway deer-signs
start to outnumber deer

 

Helen Boden

From Sprung – A collection of poems inspired by the work of Spring Fling Artists (Spring Fling / Wigtown Book Festival, 2015)