When I think of my mother, by Jinling Wu

Friday 31 July 2020, 16:21

When I think of my mother, by Jinling Wu: a StAnza Micro Commission

Jinling Wu produced this film poem with reference to Asian cinema aesthetics as a film about a poem,  partly thanks to the inspiration from French filmmaker Frank Beauvais's Just Don't Think I'll Scream.

Jinling Wu is a writer and filmmaker from China, currently based in Scotland. Her short stories and films have been shown in the Scottish creative circuits.


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Homefound, by Catherine Wilson

Friday 31 July 2020, 12:46

Homefound, by Catherine Wilson: A StAnza Micro Commission

(c) David Vallis Photography

Homefound celebrates how far a poem can travel even when we can’t. During lockdown, 30 participants from 13 countries across the world submitted words and photographs that summarised what had made them happy during lockdown. The photographs were to be "metaphorical", meaning participants had to go on a scavenger hunt to find something that represented the word they wanted to submit. Words came from countries including: Scotland, Columbia, Canada, Greece, South Africa, Australia, Singapore and Italy, and Catherine Wilson created this video poem with them.

Catherine Wilson is a spoken word poet and writer whose work has been commissioned by organisations including BBC Radio 4 and the National Gallery. Her recent publications include the Scottish Book Trust, and she recently won the poetry category of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival Writing Competition.


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Call It Ours, by Desree

Friday 31 July 2020, 12:00

Call It Ours, by Desree - a StAnza Micro Commission

(c) Moses Baako

Artist's Statement: "From ‘Dulce et decorum est’ to ‘I can’t breathe’, Call It Ours takes the viewer on a journey. Panning through moments in our history, it looks at times when words were truly needed, igniting minds and warming hearts in the darkness. Poetry has always captured feelings so perfectly, and enabled stories to be carried down through the generations, from parents and teachers to children and scholars. Using archival footage, this work celebrates times past and present, following history and on into these unprecedented times."

Desree is a spoken word artist, playwright, producer and facilitator. Also a TEDx speaker, Desree has featured at events around the world, including Glastonbury Festival, Royal Albert Hall and New York Poetry.

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StAnza Micro Commissions - the outcome!

Friday 31 July 2020, 11:51

Earlier this summer, we put out an open call for proposals for a micro commission, a short digital piece of work. We were delighted by the response, proposals arrived in their dozens, and what this said about the determination to be creative with poetry despite the pandemic and lockdown, but it gave us some hard decisions to make, and to help with this, we eventually offered three micro commissions, all of which have been delivered to us this week.

It's always exciting to see the outcome from commissions. We hope when you see them, you'll understand why we've been quite blown away by the power and the poetry in these three pieces of work, each of them very different, but each engaging with issues which have affected us all over the past months. So, our huge thanks to Desree, Jinling Wu and Catherine Wilson, do please share the word about these great pieces of poetry work. We’ll now introduce them one at a time in successive posts.

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Poetry Map of Scotland: poem no. 343

Friday 31 July 2020, 08:33

A Motorway Café for Birds

Roll up! Roll up!
Take your seat at Castle Loch.
There’s plenty to eat and drink
at this motorway café for birds.

Listen to the Warblers chatter
about whose turn it is to pay the bill.
Azure and Variable Damselflies
jostle over parking spaces.

Otters sneakily scamper,
playing peek-a-boo in the playground of rushes.
Swans show off by walking on water
while diving ducks wave their feet at passers-by.

Hotel rooms amongst the trees for rent,
with willing ants to carry your bags.
It’s where blue meets green,
at this motorway café for birds. 

Paula Nicolson

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Poetry Map of Scotland: poem no. 342

Thursday 30 July 2020, 17:35

Mungo’s Legacy

Not your usual jaunt from East to West,
to Glasgow or to sainthood.
Thrown by royal Loth off Traprain’s cliffs,
cast adrift to cross the Forth,
storing up a trauma in the womb
to occupy a lifetime’s therapy,
Mungo birthed at Culross, and the rest
is history – or legend if you will.

They came back, Mungo’s bairns; re-settled
post-war streets in Haddington,
where they could nod to Traprain’s bulk,
choose their own voyages of life and love,
without benefit of monks or ministers,
play leapfrog with the memory of Knox,
play catch up with the country folk
who know the score, and name each hill.

Here SNP and Labour vie to throw
each other’s yoke off, fight or argue for
that Holyrood control, the saintliness
or ugliness of power – while Glasgow
maybe still remembers Mungo, with
his godly therapy, his special words
to calm the storm and cross divides,
his goodness spite could never kill.

Jock Stein

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All poems from our Poetry Map of Scotland  are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet's permission.

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