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Colin Will
I'm a poet, short story writer and editor, based in Dunbar, Scotland.
I'm a poet, short story writer and editor, based in Dunbar, Scotland.
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Bog cotton
One of my poems in Scots. I don't write in Scots as often as I maybe should, but I'm pleased with this one. It was published in The Propriety of Weeding (Red Squirrel Press, 2012) Bog cotton Wrappit in ma downie canach sark Ah feel nae win, nor fear nae cau...
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Petrichor
I was at Matt MacDonald's launch of his new book of poems, Petrichor , today. He asked the audience if anyone knew what the word meant, and I said yes, having been told the word when Eleanor Livingstone and I were representing Scotland at an international p...
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An ending
Six years ago today since my mother died. I had been caring for her, so it was natural, and entirely appropriate, that I was the one who discovered she'd slipped away. The following year, on my Hawthornden Fellowship retreat, I wrote a haibun about it. It w...
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Fife coastal walk
Fife Coastal Walk These poems were inspired by stages of the Fife Coastal Walk, undertaken in 1997 and 1998. They were later published in issues of Fife Lines.  1. Elie to St
Monans The approval of seals Today we’ll be sea-things; you’ll be a seal and I’ll ...
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The flowers of Scotland
I wrote this in 1997, and presented it to the Botanical Society of Scotland. It was later published as a poem card. The Flowers of Scotland; a personal field-trip by Colin Will To the upward limits of the land there is green, there is growth. In the depths ...
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Seven Scottish plants
Seven Scottish plants Armeria
maritima Thrift is the star of the machair, scattering pink balls of bloom which jump from spiky tufts. Don’t be miserly - spend on thrift. It needs no sailor-songs or sea-salt seasoning, but dry land suits it once it’s beached...
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Easter 2017
I believe this one is as close to an Easter poem as this old Buddhist can get. It was published in Sushi & Chips (Diehard, 20016). The place that inspired it was St Abb's Head. I was watching the guillemots on the rocks, and it occurred to me that the word ...
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Some New Age
Another poem from Mementoliths (2005). We visited Sedona, on our trip to the national parks of SW USA. It's full of New Age stuff, which I don't believe in, but, hey, it's harmless, mostly, innit? We saw Bell Rock through the lens of an approaching thunders...
Some New Age
Some New Age
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Oil shale
There was a programme on the telly a couple of weeks ago about oil shale mining in West Lothian. It was good to see the old familiar landmarks - we lived in Bathgate and Mid Calder for over 30 years before moving to Dunbar. Seeing a young woman exploring th...
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The 'How well do you know someone?' poem
I like to write poems about imagined relationships, I suppose I recognise now that it's from the storytelling side of my character. This one, as I recall, came from a writing challenge set in the Dunbar Writers group. It was written in 2004, and published i...
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