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EVENTS: 6th November: Reading at A Write Highland Hoolie, Mallaig. Further details later. 21st November: North Ayreshire Reader's Day. Further details later.
Well how things have changed since I last edited this site! I've just deleted the three launch events that were planned around the arrival into the world of Blasted Things - publication date 7th May: https://sandstonepress.com/books/blasted-things. It will now slip quietly into the world - but I do hope not unnoticed. Like most university lecturers I had to suddenly get my act together and learn to teach online for the last half of the semester, and consequently missed out on getting to know my delightful students better. And I haven't written a word since March, apart from a few scrappy lines of poetry, which I hope, when I can concentrate, to spend some time musing over. Underneath is the first poem from my Moreton Bay Fig sequence in 'Nub' published by Mariscat Press.
Do you know the Moreton Bay Fig? Have you been introduced? The one that spreads hall-sized the one with buttress roots that stretch like walls, head high or more the one with little beads of figs inedible, with patent leather leaves the one that’s deeply littered underneath in rustling clefts?
A human can press her lips against that vegetable hulk can eye the O’s and eyes that stretch the bark rear back her head to gasp at massive boughs (how do they branch so far, bear all that weight?) the complex bulk: in wonderment, in worship – or in want?