Poetry Saturday: JOAN McGAVIN’s

Joan’s second poetry collection, Passing Arcadia Close (Oversteps Books) was recently published, and it’s a beauty:

Portrait of the Ferryman (An Excerpt)

A man is dreaming
of the beautiful naked woman
whose face he can’t make out
and of the cottage
they’ll live in where you open
the door and the sound of the sea dances in.

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A man is praying that
the mad woman he has married
will be cured if they go
to the village
on the bay where the tide whispers
only healing words.

This is Joan, another poet, Jenny Lewis, and Jenny’s granddaughter Abigail at Jenny’s home in Oxford, 2014 or 2015.

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Joan McGavin, Jenny Lewis, and Jenny’s Granddaughter Abigail in Oxford, UK: July 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Book # 4: Unit # 1, Tyrone Guthrie Centre

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This morning, the first thing after I got out of bed, I looked in the mirror.

— Chapter One, Part One, Young Adam by Alexander Trocchi

About Alexander Trocchi:

Born and educated in Glasgow, Trocchi joined the Parisian literary scene of the early 1950s. He was editor of Merlin — the influential Paris quarterly magazine which helped establish the reputations of fellow expatriates Samuel Beckett and Henry Miller.

In case you were wondering: yes, that is in fact Ewan McGregor on the book cover. The book was made into a film.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

From Des Dillon’s SCUNNERED

Des Dillon is a Scottish writer and a stand-up comic. Self picked up a copy of his book, Scunnered: Slices of Scottish Life in Seventeen Gallus Syllables, when she was doing a residency at Hawthornden in 2012.

Here’s a piece called ATTITUDE:

Treating every time
Like it’s the very last time
feels like the first time.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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