Sonnet on Saturday

I’ve a sonnet in The Scotsman today, it’s a love poem to a dog, It contains details of animal mummification which, coincidentally, you can see examples of in an exhibition at The Kelvingrove art gallery at the moment, ‘Gifts for the Gods’. It’s from my new collection (out now!) This Far Back Everything Shimmers, details…

Readings from Jupiter

Jupiter Artland is a private collection of outdoor artworks in West Lothian that is open to the public every summer. They recently held a writing competition and the shortlisted entries are available to listen to on Soundcloud. My poem The Coppice Room is inspired by the artwork of the same name by Andy Goldsworthy –…

from the Urdu…

Finally I can share one of the poems I trans-created during the Glasgow to Lahore city-to-city project. Working Hands is my version of a poem by Kishwar Naheed and is published in The Missing Slate as poem of the week (the original poem in Urdu will be added to the site soon).  Hopefully soon there…

…and the leap second

                                                     Slightly too accurate atomic time  and the leap second  It’s never a showy release No floodlit stadium whooping crowd gate lifting to loose spindly dogs powered by brindled legs…

THE SHOp: closing time

The final issue of this lovely poetry magazine has just been published; it’s a bumper double issue (46&47) with poems from Vona Groarke, Medbh McGuckian, Harry Clifton, Leontia Flynn and Paula Meehan amongst others. THE SHOp has been published by John and Hilary Wakeman in West Cork since 1999. Its title is inspired by a…

10pm

10pm   We are decided  yet undeclared we are cast  and reeled in we are rains  and we are frogs we are bees  and frost we are captured  and released we are being counted we have never been so convinced we are held  and upheld we are suspended  in aspic jellied disbelief we are buttered…

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A new anthology of Scottish Poetry, edited by Colin Waters of the Scottish Poetry Library, will be published by Vagabond Voices on the 22nd September. I’m lucky to be included alongside emerging and established poets such as: J L Williams, Michael Pedersen, MacGilivray, Richie McCaffery and Niall Campbell amongst many others. There’s a launch at…