Rob A. Mackenzie

Rob A. Mackenzie is from Glasgow and has lived in Leith for the last five years after spells in Edinburgh and Turin, Italy. He has published two pamphlets, with HappenStance Press and Salt, and two full collections, most recently The Good News (Salt Publishing, 2013). He is reviews editor at Magma Poetry magazine and co-organises the monthly Edinburgh live poetry event, Vespers. His reviews and articles have appeared in The Dark Horse, Poetry Review, New Welsh Review and Magma Poetry, and his poems in numerous magazines and anthologies.

Black and white photo of man crouching in fallen leaves and against a wall, holding an open book

Gerry Cambridge


Lines on a Map »

A digital installation of commissioned poems responding to old maps

Thu 8 March - Sun 11 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer



The hairdressers stopped by to snip
and slice their way through the village,
arranged bouquets of missing children
during scheduled cracks in routine.

Soldiers admired the blades, waved
like stray threads at the women battling
with absence. There was no love for
enemy comb-overs even in darkness.

The soldiers chose clouds and opened       
fire. As if cattle, the clouds rattled
sour milk on their mohicans. It seemed
clouds die a slow death, as everyone

resembled them after a while, falling
gradually apart. ‘Atmospheric’ was how
the anchorman put it. There will always
be work for hairdressers during a war.


Rob A. Mackenzie