Thursday, September 03, 2020

I recorded another video poem for Hugh McMillan's fab #plagueopoems series which are now being showcased weekly by Dumfries & Galloway and Renfrew libraries.
A poem I wrote for my daughter, 'Her Hair is a Landscape of its Own', is in the recent issue of the London Grip and can be read here.

It's been a slow return to writing after effectively a five-month summer holiday for the kids. And summer holidays have never been a productive writing time for me. I've been reading Wendell Berry's The Peace of Wild Things and I'm enjoying the quiet simplicity of the poems, the drawing back to silence as I get to experience silence at home again. I've also been re-reading Michael Hamburger's excellent book The Truth of Poetry which I've written about before. It's helping me come back to writing and thinking about what kind of poems I want to write, for what purpose, and how I conceive of my writing in terms of the tradition of poetry and how that translates into poetry of the present. I wrote a poem about cobwebs this week - my first completed poem since April!


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
OH my... that was GORGEOUS, Marion and what a delight to hear it from your own voice! I love your Hair Landscape poem too.

Have been thoroughly enjoying the online Edinburgh Book Fest- did you catch any of it? Tremendous stuff and I was particularly taken with Jackie Kay, Joy Harjo and Susan Bonner. I must try and catch up with Maker-to-Makar on YouTube too... YAM xx (who is REALLY under the cosh with 24/7 cares and who hasn't written anything worth gnat's scat this whole year...)

Marion McCready said...

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it! To be honest I've been avoiding the online readings - had so many online meetings with work etc but yes, I also really enjoy Jo Harjo's work. I hope you get a break soon to catch up with yourself! Xx