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Poem of the week: ‘Dandelions’ by Hollie McNish

When a friend tells me they’re questioning every decision they’ve ever made and that they’re tumbling down an existential rabbit hole, rather than offer practical advice, I send them this poem. Generally, it seems to help. DANDELIONS (written aged 30) For mum and your advice: ‘I love you to the moon and back, Hollie But […]

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Poem of the week: “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly

This academic year begins just as the Fringe Festival closes for the first time in two years. Walking around the city the week before freshers – despite there being a hum of excitement in the air – there was a distinct sense that something important had ended. The grass of George Square was muddy, the […]

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Poem of the week: from One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each

35. Ki no Tsurayuki  As the human heart’s so fickle, your feelings may have changed, but at least in my old home the plum blossoms bloom as always with a fragrance of the past. 76. Fujiwara no Tadamichi  Rowing out on the vast ocean,  When I look all around  I cannot tell apart White billows […]

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Poem of the week: ‘The Circle Game’ by Margaret Atwood

It’s more difficult than ever to stay connected with people and run from the isolation that has been imposed by our current lockdowns and social distancing. But while the COVID-19 pandemic has distorted our ways of living, removing physical touch from the way we function, it has also allowed us to critique old behaviours and […]

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Poem of the week: T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’

I always come back to ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’. I feel as though I have known it forever; there are stretches of time where I read it often, and suddenly a few years have passed without having thought about it at all. Time and space move strangely throughout this poem, ironically reflecting […]

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Poem of the week: Morgan Harper Nichols’ ‘Let July be July’

Morgan Harper Nichols’ 2019 poem ‘Let July be July’ successfully creates a bubble of serenity and security with words of encouragement from its first line, “Even here, you are growing” – a message that is most needed in uncertain times such as these. With Boris Johnson announcing dates leading to the return of a pre-coronavirus society, […]

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Poem of the week: ‘The mud-spattered recollections of a woman who lived her life backwards’ by Alice Oswald

The lines of Alice Oswald’s poem ‘The mud-spattered recollections of a woman who lived her life backwards’ ring with the feeling of liberation, but at the same time so much loss as the titular woman’s life seems to unravel in every stanza… Being born from the earth, rather than a mother figure, seems to prevent […]

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Poem of the week: ‘There were real officers in the streets’ by Deborah Landau

It is rare, at least for me, to read a poem that really alters your frame of mind, but this is one of them. Deborah Landau’s ‘There were real officers in the streets’ throws you into a hazy, chaotic summer, where the sound of laughter mingles with radio broadcasts describing our political and ecological disarray. This […]