The Great Sparrow Campaign

Inked on hand scrolls like blossom we sparrows sang of the Song dynasty. Spry, anxious, we chanced around the feet of Ito Rojo who...

The Fruits of the Earth (2021)

The rain would wash away the clay dust sometimes. I had a young face and a grey pallor. I rarely bothered to change my clothes: a striped...

My father’s letters

Our sycamore has posted old news to the ground, though other trees have still a few bright things to say. What happened to my father’s...

The Sterile Hell of Eternity (2021)

Beyond the false dualism of our metaphors of day and night, of light and dark, as though days had no gradation, no variety, but existed...

A casket for his ashes

Some poets wear loss like an honour, shine line and syntax until, bright, it stars the dark. Why write? Why use up in words the shared...

The Trade

Son, today when I stare at my cupped hands I remember how as a calf she suckled my fingers; that sticky trickle of her rough tongue, how...

Hrabal in Dumbarton

Hrabal in Dumbarton and Ballantyne's a cinnamon brick amongst the drab unasked-for grey, a half-drunk figure facing eternity and death....

Dear

Here's a skin to begin to win on - taut wi da tug o aathin du nivvir lairnt. Here's a fraem ta hing a future on - nekkit ta winds at blaa...

A Month of Teachings

Master MacZen compared enlightenment to the flight of martins through a stable door, how the bright and shade of plumage embodied that...

Morning Thirty Years Later

Why should it choose this moment to arrive, actual as then within my brain, Arran's peaks so calm and pink in snow, carmine on the eye,...

pu describes pure simplicity or rawness as in the rawness of an untouched tree + its from that rawness of simple nature that everything...

Swallow

Stay very still, or she'll be off again, I tell myself, as she makes scrambled eggs. She hasn't eaten all day. Don't tell Mum she...

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