poemof the moment
Would you mind driving me headlong through the universe at ten million miles an hour?
about the poem
This poem is taken from our online anthology Best Scottish Poems 2016, which was edited by Catherine Lockerbie. This is the thirteenth issue of Best Scottish Poems, an online selection of twenty of the best poems by Scottish authors to appear in books, pamphlets and literary magazines during 2016. It is in no sense a competition but a personal choice.
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poem chosen by…
Catherine Lockerbie says, 'If many of the poems I read in 2016 were accepting of illness, ageing and ultimate death, this one is a coruscating blast of almost literally cosmic rage. Michel Faber’s collection about the hideous terminal cancer his beloved wife had to endure, is a hard, hard read and here, a white-hot howl of fury at the insane injustice fate or God metes out and our pallid, useless politeness in the face of it.'
Michel Faber's poetry collection Undying: A love story, about the death of his wife, was published by Canongate in 2016. His books include the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White, The Fahrenheit Twins and the Whitbread-shortlisted novel Under the Skin.