I grew up in the Shetland Islands. Having never once set foot off the islands I left for Glasgow at age 18 and the subsequent culture shock has never left me.
A Shetlander adrift on the outskirts of Glasgow.
I am OBSESSED with words. Not because I feel I am good with them, but because I always feel I have picked the wrong one, that a better one exists... if only I could think of it.
What can I say? I love scandi sparse, and I love a bit of Scots banter too. I adore alliteration, yet will lose myself in the songs of Burns just as well. I’m a Shetlander- part scandi, part Scots, born up north, living ‘doon sooth’. You’ll find my style somewhere in there
Biscuit scented cream slides on
as she prepares for the hunt.
Long arms have been dusted with gold,
generous black mascara hides the glue
that holds thick lashes fast.
Waxed lips pout provocatively
as cleavage is pinioned in place.
Gilded and sprayed with floral fumes,
her eyes burn bright as she steps into night.
She’s never felt more real than right now.
First published Obsessed With Pipework issue 73
Aye I ken foo ta stert a blaze,
foo ta bigg hit up layer be
layer fir hit lowes sic haet
inta dee fae dy haert ootwirds,
fir du feels at du's da onnly
een at's ivver felt siccan
a burn as dis.
Bit a'm nivver kent foo ta bank
dat aze, foo ta hadd waarmth,
wirk hit, keep dee an me afire
an fin da wye o stoppin wis
faan ta ess. An whitna wye
dere is o keepin dee here
wi me, I dunna ken.
First published The New Shetlander issue 288
The High Window https://thehighwindowpress.com/category/poetry/ click on my name in the poetry section to find two poems of mine ('Venus' and 'Give me')
My poem ‘Kindling’ (originally shortlisted in the 2017 SMHAFF International Writers Awards) can be found (for free) in 800 participating waiting rooms across the UK via Poems in the Waiting Room (http://www.poemsinthewaitingroom.org/)
Eye Flash Poetry Journal, issue 5 available here with two micropoems from me in it https://eyeflashpoetry.co.uk/?product=pre-order-issue-5-of-eye-flash-poetry
My poem ‘You can’t eat a view’ is in issue 40 of The Blue Nib and can be read/downloaded or ordered in print from here https://thebluenib.com/
‘Dastreen’ (a Shetlandic Scots version of my poem ‘Last Night’) can be found in issue 10.2 of Causeway/Cabhsair and can be bought from here (eventually) https://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/publications/causeway-cabhsair-112.php
‘Summer Leaving’ ‘Late Summer’ (republished from The High Window) ‘Colours’
‘Storm Hector’ ‘Reversal’ The Poet Winter 2019, The Seasons issue can be downloaded or bought as print/kindle from here
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