2014 National Poetry Day: ‘Scotland’ by Hugh MacDiarmid

as read by Kevin Williamson

A selfie poem of Hugh MacDiarmid’s gentle, nuanced and timely verse: ‘Scotland’. For 2014 National Poetry Day.

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  1. Stuart Murray says:

    Lovely stuff, Kevin, thank you.

  2. George Gunn says:

    i have gathered to myself… eh whose national poetry day was that.?.. Scotland? I think we should be told. Or educated. Great stuff Kevin.

  3. Flower of Scotland says:

    Thanks Kevin! It sort of soothed my tortured soul!

  4. JBS says:

    Scotland 2014 (MacDiarmid Riff)

    It requires great lowering of it deeply to read
    The conformists in a landscape,
    Gradually grow conscious of finger shadows,
    Of great means in slim asymmetries,
    Hear at last the great voice-over that speaks softly,
    Set the swindle and fall upon the flag
    Of a status carved out of a whole country’s marches,
    Be like spies, like a handler in a winter
    Moving new and old threats carefully to and fro,
    Moving a fraud and fluster here,
    Placing an inconvenience of airplanes there,
    And without breaking anything.
    So I have gathered unto myself
    All the lost endeavours of Scotland,
    And by naming them and accepting them,
    Loving them and identifying myself with them,
    Attempted to expel the whole.

  5. Jim Bennett says:

    Poetry selfie? Great idea Kevin, well executed.

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