Calum Rodger

Calum Rodger is a poet and researcher based in Glasgow, working in performance, print, film and digital media. He performs widely throughout Scotland and has had shows at the National Museum of Scotland, BBC at Potterrow and TEDxGlasgow. His chapbooks Know Yr Stuff: Poems on Hedonism and Glasgow Flourishes are published by Tapsalteerie. He holds a PhD in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow, runs the occasional live poetry night The Verse Hearse (with poet Stewart Sanderson) and is poetry reviews editor for Gutter magazine.


Quebec-UK Connexions: cinepoems »

Meet the artists behind this acclaimed poetry film project between Scotland and Quebec

Sat 4 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Poetry Loops »

Loop showings of films featuring poetry by Geneviève Gosselin-G., Jonathan Lamy, Rachel McCrum, and Calum Rodger

Wed 1 March - Sun 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room




love and life
begin and end
on identical letters
but never rhyme

the former
with the latter
both are thus defined

as two perpendicular
lines –

the x-axis is life
and love the y


this is Mondrian; he painted
like this because he wanted
to reach the Absolute
a space beyond the self

you don’t like it, that’s fine
you are too passionate
you inhabit your body
too snugly

but I want you to know
my love for you
is Absolute
as this white paint


Calum Rodger