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. 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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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 72: Speymouth

Saturday 18 October 2014, 16:37

Speymouth Dawn

Between the star glazed opacity of night
And the dazzling drift of a deep blue day
The sea and sun embrace
In lovers' fluent languor
In not long now this seed will burst
On tendrils of gold
To flower to day
At the mouths of the River Spey
Change-full choirs chant
Surf on shingle sliding
Interval shifts minutely gliding
From harmony to dissonance
Somewhere in the key of D (?)
The whole symphonic bay
In constantly impermanent refrain
When the tide comes in like that
Persuaded by a Moray Firth dawn
A fisher's daughter
As aquiline, as fine, as osprey
Risen from her sleep of eagles
Pausing at the kale yard wall,
Sings out her strong and clear sustain
To an ocean of whale-song
And the triples and trills of terns
See:
A small pod of dolphins
Working in unison
Six slick dorsals
Rising and falling
In a closing loop
Herding the red fish
To a cradling shallow
Where the surface breaks
Then, mercurial, boils
With a panic
Of salmon
Leaping to nothing -
No breaking loose
From the leisurely beaks
Of the bottle-nosed noose
In the rivers rush
On a sand bar oasis
A seal pup waits
With the stillness of youth
For the silver flashing
And saline fruit
Of a returning mother's
Own salmon pursuit
On a west bank litter of sand and stone:
Slow worm and adder bask in the sun
Dragon flies dance their right angled turns
Broom thickets' fly speckled haunting yellows
And out in the bay a bull seal bellows.

John Mackie

Part of this poem is carved into a sculpture in The Harbour Garden at The Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 71: Aberfoyle

Friday 17 October 2014, 16:21

The Fall of Water

written at the Little Fawn Waterfall, The Duke's Pass, Aberfoyle

The lithe leap the river makes
demands its own vocabulary
as ballet does – technical, evolved, exact -
to match its lacy, poised deliberation:
grand jetée,

failli,

sauté de chat.

Rocks heaped in the rift,
frayed and grained by its passage -
a mouthful of teeth, with splintered branches
caught between grinding edges.
Some are weathered like knuckle-bones,
others patted to a fat-buttock roundness,
one a perfect ogee, like the keel of a boat.

In the dapples of the trees a dust-brown moth
abseils down the reveal of sunlight and is lost
among bracken, the stealth of birds
and the sleepy conversation
of water slipping between stones.

Elizabeth Rimmer

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 70: Scourie Bay

Thursday 16 October 2014, 19:11

Croft at Scourie Bay

In stone the colour of an unwashed fleece,
two small square windows and a low door
reflect a slanted light, all they get here,
where clouds forever jostle for position.

Twin stacks, like bookends, hold the rows of slate;
each black leaf wiped by many readings of the rain.
That rain still writes its own cold code upon the hills -
a cipher with a million years’ refinement.

There are few who try to break it,
who test their keys to this stiff lock of land.
They turn the sheep with heavy-pelted collies,
hoping for a clue among the patterns of their flocks.

 

Simon Williams
Published in A Weight of Small Things (Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts, 1981)

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