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Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Top 10 'other' Scottish Poems

Iain Crichton Smith, A Young Highland Girl Studying Poetry

Non-one does clash of cultures better than Smith, as a Gaelic girl gets to grips with English literature.

Poetry drives its lines into her forehead

like an angled plough across a bare field.

I’ve seen her kind before…

And she - like them – should grow along these valleys

Bearing bright children, being kind to love.

Simple affection needs no complex solace

nor quieter minds abstractions of the grave…

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