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. 227: Rannoch Moor

Thursday 22 October 2015, 18:43

Fiona Moore

Previously published in New Walk magazine in 2014

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 226: Westray, Orkney

Wednesday 21 October 2015, 18:43

Mark Dickinson

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 225: Isle of Cumbrae

Tuesday 20 October 2015, 18:43

Home is a thousand miles away

Every time I dream of Cumbrae,
I’m at the ferry terminal
without a ticket and the clock
of St Columba’s shows ten past the hour.

I buy a ticket, but the hands
have moved on by five quick minutes
and the ferry has left, strict to the last,
every time I dream of Cumbrae.

 

Eilidh Barnes

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 224: Achiltibuie

Sunday 18 October 2015, 10:12

Chrissie Gittins
From I’ll Dress One Night as You

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 223: Claggain Bay, Islay

Saturday 17 October 2015, 10:58

Claggain Bay: Islay

The pebbled beach is boulder-strewn, the sea
blue-green, Argyll a smudge upon the sky;
few sounds: some screaming mother terns, maybe
a lowing cow, the breeze, a buzzard’s cry:
the dramatis personae of the scene
that hold me in their thrall. The stones are dry,
the tide will polish them to jewelled sheen.
I click the shutter then I wonder why
I violate this wholeness with my snaps
when it’s already fixed in my mind’s eye.
Why not just sit here, like the stones perhaps?
I lay the camera down and down I lie.

A hare appears; a black cloud passes;
air stirs the golden seed heads of the grasses.

 

Tom Sommerville

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Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 222: Westray, Orkney

Friday 16 October 2015, 16:49

The North is wur home, but is the sea wur freend?

Hid deudno seem that wey the streen.

Whitna’ freend wid himmer doon the door
Haeve salt apae the windows
Dad the shaws aff the tatties
Rummel doon the dykes
Fleud the new girse
And tak back the tangles wae’d gathered all winter?

…but this morneen

Glimmeran and sheenan’
Lappan quietly under the banks
Fleud tide clearan awey the tang
Nee more bruck fae the ebb
Six bonnie skiffs settan oot tae sail
Gae’an us ceuithes fur wur supper..

…a freend indeed.

 

Fiona Cowan

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