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Triple goddess, three heroines in one Rippling through water fluent as a selkie, In your wake star-bubbles glitter and vanish.
about the poem
'Medallist' 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: 1109 Swimming (vhhs)_20 by Devon Christopher Adams, under a Creative Commons licence
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Formally-elegant, the three stanzas of this poem beautifully contain the three components of the Triathlon – swimming, cycling and finally running. I love how the poet uses classical references such as the goddess, the centaur and the notion of metamorphosis to hark back to the origin of the Triathlon, and also brings in Scottish mythology – and another metamorphosis – in the form of the selkie.
A. C. Clarke is a poet and translator with a background in teaching and university administration. She has been widely published in magazines and anthologies but did not concentrate on her writing until retirement in 2002, when she also moved to Scotland. Her first full collection of poetry, Breathing Each Other In, was published in 2005 by Blinking Eye Press. The collection Fr Meslier’s Confession, was published by Oversteps Press in 2012. Clarke is an active member of Scottish PEN and was Makar of the Federation of Writers (Scotland) for 2007-2008.