poemof the moment
Needling of jabs, riddle of ducks and feints, you wait for a clear target. It comes, as brief as a spark plug's discharge, as a flash of knicker.
about the poem
This poem was included in Best Scottish Poems 2013. Best Scottish Poems is an online publication, consisting of 20 poems chosen by a different editor each year, with comments by the editor and poets. It provides a personal overview of a year of Scottish poetry. The editor in 2013 was David Robinson. Image: Punch! by C. Mario del Rio, under a Creative Commons licence
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How many women poets have you read on boxing? This poem takes you inside the ropes and straight onto the adrenalin edge of inflicting or receiving pain – while insisting that even worse than being hit is for your own blow to fall short, to be cushioned, absorbed, to fail. There's a metaphor there somewhere, mercifully ungrasped, in a poem which has, on all levels, the ring of truth.
Angela Cleland was born in Inverness in 1977 and grew up in Dingwall by the Cromarty Firth. In 2006 she won the Templar Poetry Pamphlet and Collection Competition and published her pamphlet Waiting to Burn (Templar Poetry, 2006) and her full collection And in Here the Menagerie (Templar Poetry, 2007) as a result. Room of Thieves (Salt, 2013) is her second collection.