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Elections

Obituary Writing the death noticeof a man who, in spite of being a politician,had been his friend, he listedthe compliments and flatteries customaryon these paper tombstones.  Naturally, having a sense of style,he kept the greatest compliment to the end -He failed to … Continue reading

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World Poetry Day

It’s World Poetry Day so a poem Neighbour by Norman MacCaig His car sits outside the house.It never goes anywhere.  Is ita pet? When he goes for his morning paperhe makes a perfect right-angleat the corner. What does he do at home? Sit at … Continue reading

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National Poetry Day 2006

It’s today.  Accordingly, a poem Wild Oats Every day I see from my window pigeons, up on a roof ledge – the males are wobbling gyroscopes of lust. Last week a stranger joined them, a snowwhite pouting fantail, Mae West … Continue reading

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More MacCaig

Two short MacCaig poems.  When asked how long he took to write a poem he said “one cigarette”.  His longer works were “two fag poems”.  These are quick puff poems I guess. Patriot  (from p 510 of the Ewen MacCaig … Continue reading

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A note on politics

After some of the pronouncements of Mr Reid et al earlier in the week it seemed appropriate to remind people of Norman MacCaig’s poem “Smuggler”.  MacCaig had been a conscientious objector in the Second World War and worked as a … Continue reading

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