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. 69: Anstruther

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 16:00

Pearl

In South Island seas, Brander’s fortune was founded
Trading coconuts by the million, and black pearls
Filled the ships that sailed the mighty seas, he sent
Exotic goods so favoured by Europe from the Pacific
Pearl-shell for the swanky houses of Paris he gave
The pearl culture enhanced the treasures of the rich.

Tetuanui i reia i te Raiatea, her very name a song
The fourteen year old Tahitian Princess stole his heart,
Cut off from the aquamarine waters of her birth.
A woman of substance she bore him nine children,
An esteemed socialite, her parties were legion
The first lady of Tahiti, did Scotland proud.

On Brander’s death Anstruther gained the princess
In a tiny fishing village in Fife, she flourished
Married again she mothered three more children.
She lies buried in the parish churchyard faraway
From the turquoise lagoons, a paradise on earth
That Gauguin chose to paint in vibrant colours.

Leela Soma

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 68: Isle of Harris

Tuesday 14 October 2014, 17:58

Na Hearadh *

Whisper her name,
she is island,
sheep-littered, stone-wracked
she cries the wild Atlantic
to her door;
cradled in this crook of sea,
she is the last land,
nothing more
all the way to Canada
and winds that scream off Labrador.

Sing her name
for the music,
for the lilt of tongues
and the tilt of earth
against sky:
three-billion-year-old rock
bursts her skin like bones
bleached to pity.
Black-water peat bogs
sigh in chorus
to this riff of crochets
down a hillside.

Remember her name
when you wear her,
wear the Clo Mor tickle
of tweed that will outlast
your scant three score,
that creeps beneath the skin
so you will never forget;
she is the itch you have to scratch,
the catch in the throat,
the echo you strain for.

*Gaelic for the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

Shirley Wright

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 67: Dura Den

Thursday 9 October 2014, 16:38

Dura Den

Fissured, enfolded
this steep cleft flies down

from ordinary fields’
Sunday afternoons

to inner earth,
dark, simmering , dusk’s

deep air breathed slow,
spiral in amber -

turns our footprints
into fossil fish, with ferns for bones

flying through stone cirrus,
fox-shaded kaleidoscope -

remember the thrush
we hid under leaf-fall

to unravel or
be made again?

Fireflies spark and snap
on private, uncharted paths –

memory’s domain
somewhere between us

 

Pippa Little

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 66: Beinn Dorain and Beinn Odhar

Wednesday 8 October 2014, 16:36

Haiku sequence

mountainsides green-gold
in unseasonable sun
above, Beinn Dorain

‘Scotland’s Mount Fuji’
immense, conical, perfect
scarred with sky-blue scree

nearer, Beinn Odhar
spreads its wings protectively
a guardian eagle

Mandy Macdonald

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 65: Moniack Mhor

Tuesday 7 October 2014, 16:32

Sunrise from the Iron Age Fort, Moniack Mhor

This is a place of power.
I am standing on the prow of a land-ship,
having struggled up through gorse and bog and juniper
to reach this rocky vantage point
where my ancestors judged the weather
coming out of the west, across the snow-tipped
ranges, ghosting behind the horizon.

The whole landscape is awake.
Two scavenging ravens, almost out of vision;
one brown hare, up-wind, alert; a curlew calling the sea.
Out over the Firth the sky brightens
and clouds flaunt pink underbellies.
The mountain tops light up, peak by peak,
naming themselves in the old language.

This land rewards endurance;
things that live with roots and bones.
I am perched in it like a migratory bird,
though my heart reaches out into the far,
snow-covered valleys, flooding with light,
and the tidal surges of the wind over the pine forest,
sing in my ear like the ocean in a shell.

I turn my face full to the sun, and know that
the old animal still walks inside my skin.

Kathleen Jones

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem no. 64: Carnoustie

Monday 6 October 2014, 16:16

Bluebells on Carnoustie Beach

Soldiers on the shore,
heads bowed in blue bonnets;
lavender and lilac.
gunmetal mauve.
Stealing from shady lawns
to colonise the margins.
A sea-blue haze
among razor blades of marram.

 

Sandra Ireland

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