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. 78: Eigg

Sunday 26 October 2014, 09:38

The Postie’s Washing Line

When I think of Eigg
it's not the bulk of the Sgurr
or Rum's Coolin's
dominating the western horizon;
but the scent of primroses,
the constant willow warblers' song
and, on the dune edge,
strung between two driftwood poles,
a chorus line of socks
dancing
to the blue Atlantic.

Mavis Gulliver

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 77: Kilmarnock

Saturday 25 October 2014, 18:33

The Bonnyton Road

The amber prism
And the rhythm
Of the rain
Make the past dance.
The 21st century gives way to a watercolour existence;
The concrete crumbles,
The dirt road embossed with hoof and tackity-bit prints.
Clydesdales
Cart coal.

Sandstone and plaster
Hold the laughter and arguments of a century
In their porous surfaces
But won’t release the resonance
To this one-man audience.
I stare at silent scenes
Quietly stepping,
arm-in-arm
with the benevolent ghosts
of The Bonnyton Road.

Warts and all
Working class existence
A world without the NHS
I see women die in childbirth
And the pallor
Of stillborn skin.
Men maimed in foundries and mines.
The black spit.
Cheap Johnnie Walker from the factory floor
Forging and fuelling hard habits
And short lifespans.

In the midst
Of all this;
Community, understanding
A sense of belonging.
Factories, arteries
Giving lifeblood to
Pulsating tenement blocks.

I deride my neurotic nature
As modern problems fade against the backdrop
Of true struggle and poverty
But these trade-off’s and exchanges
Have taken other riches
Leaving only money in their wake.

Silence scythed
By internal combustion
The ghosts scatter;
Halogen headlights end my reverie.
Collar up and
Hat-brim down
I step back into modern life
And off the Bonnyton road.

Kieran Kelly

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 76: Isle of Fetlar, Shetland

Saturday 25 October 2014, 09:27

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Stephanie Green
First published in Northwords Now. From the author’s pamphlet Flout  to be published by HappenStance in 2015.

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 75: Moniack Mhor

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 16:07

Redheadday

 

Your hair burns like the brightest things

Like fire and marmalade and orange lollies.

Skin that is milky, silky and glows in moonlight

Like heather ice-cream.  So lickable.

 

Freckles scatter across your face

Like sprinting sunflower seeds.

And a temper that colours language blue

As your heart beats

red-red, red-red.

 

Charlotte Stirling

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 74: Dunoon

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 16:13

Edwardian Postcard, Dunoon

The punk-black Firth.
A single ketch cruising,
mizzenmast abaft the mainmast.
Then the Waverley, punching its steam,
punctuates the air with smoke signals.
Clothes, the colour of bladderwrack,
loiter on the pier’s timber planks
beside the tiled, plumed pavilion.
And Mary, standing back,
bronze Fury of the Firth,
her unaltered gaze, blazing,
beacon for a distant lover.

Marion McCready

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 73: Glenashdale

Monday 20 October 2014, 16:15

Glenashdale

Ladybird poppies
stem from colourfields
as geometrical shapes
land in the waterfall
the black curtain opens....
tourists picnic at the high bench
swinging feet back and forth
across pine needles
beyond Giants' Graves
Mountain of Wind
rises above clouds
meeting the Arran sky
Glenashdale Falls ….
a holiday romance
on the rocks

 

Catherine McDonald

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