Category Archives: Poetry

Fortune Favours

I made a friend today.  Or, truth be told, I had the great pleasure of seeing a good chunk of like minded peoples’ efforts rewarded, there dreams filling out – not exactly coming to fruition, but putting out enough light … Continue reading

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Laanch

Last week, ‘Black Middens’ was launched in Waterstone’s Glasgow. It’s the 31st edition of New Writing Scotland, and the second edition that’s carried one of my poems. With a rotating editorship, its connection to ASLS and Glasgow University, it really … Continue reading

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High Society

I’ve not said much for a while on here. For once, I observe this with a complete absence of blogger apologia. I have been, it gives me great pleasure to say, busy. Not that that’s anything new – with two … Continue reading

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Virtue never cuts you up at the lights

Having a fulfilling creative life is not exactly the easiest thing to do. I try to make it a focus, employ discipline with myself and my practise, engage with ever broader groups of audiences and partners, do all the things … Continue reading

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Whit’s happenin?

Quite a lot here at Magnie central.  In a conversation with a friend this week I quoted Auden‘s doubtless abused maxim that “poetry makes nothing happen”. I’ve seen myself and others ‘defend’ poetry against this assertion.  My view on this has … Continue reading

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Beaten well

This weekend the world shifted Enough for Byres Road to stop Like it hasn’t for more years Than the drum hasn’t stamped summer With Glasgow Sun. I don’t know how it is to have a Gee Cee Cee official tell … Continue reading

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A send off and a welcome aboard

A lot has happened in poetry since I last posted, on my way to one of the most underground readings I’ve ever been to in any capacity.   I guess a week is a long time.  Caesura 13 was packed … Continue reading

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today today today

We all have different predilections, different experiences and different perspectives on life.  So the words gathered in today today today, Alec Finlay’s latest pamphlet from Playspace Publications will touch you differently from how they touch me.  That said, I’d find it difficult … Continue reading

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Post Scriptum

Thirty days ago, April started – the month we leave winter behind in the northern hemisphere, the month of light evenings you can’t quite believe are light, the month of the tax year end and of the winning and losing … Continue reading

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Apprenticed

Chip A dink, a little bubbler up from the sink, an air assault on winning ground, a wing on a prayer after the scare, the watery despair. Four days divided by steel blades angled under grass stained visions past the … Continue reading

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