poemof the moment
The receiving player must catch and sprint through a rush of hot blood and adrenaline, the ball held like a baby in the crook of his arm.
about the poem
'The Laws of the Game' is published as part of The Laws of the Game, a booklet edited by Glasgow’s Poet Laureate, Jim Carruth. He has invited 17 Glasgow poets to muse on various sports in a series of poems specially commissioned for the Games. On 28th July, 6pm, the poets featured in the booklet will be reading their work at Glasgow Green. Image: Netball - Varsity 2012 by Nottingham Trent University, under a Creative Commons licence
poem chosen by…
I dislike sport and have never played rugby - but I do like Sam Tongue's poem about Rugby Sevens. I especially like the curiously tender images - 'held like a baby', 'kiss the ball down' - and the way the lines work together, like a team, the cumulative effect worth a gold medal of its own.
Samuel Tongue was born in Bath. After studying at Exeter University, he ventured briefly into ministerial training for the Anglican Church in Wales. In 2008 he moved to Glasgow and began a Phd in Literature, Theology and the Arts. In 2010 he was selected as a member of the Clydebuilt Poetry Apprenticeship Project, mentored by Scottish Makar Liz Lochhead. He won the International Ragged Raven Press competition in 2011.