poemof the moment
Fat and imperious on rooftops, they laugh down the chimneypots, my hearth echoing with their uninvited call.
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.
Herring Gull & Chick by Jon Candy, via a Creative Commons licence
poem chosen by…
Catherine Lockerbie says, 'This was a new voice to me, powerful, muscular, biblical, lyrical. I couldn’t be more delighted to have found it. Poetry is the perfect vehicle for inhabiting the minds of other creatures – see Tom Pow’s cat poem 'Full Stretch' which is part of this online anthology – and this salty gull’s-eye view of a town is compelling indeed. There’s an enigma at the heart of the poem – what is the father’s news that seemingly seamlessly turns the poet himself into a gull?'
Samuel Tongue is a widely-published poet and poetry editor of the Glasgow Review of Books. He was born in Bath and grew up on a pig farm in South Wales. In 2008 he moved to Glasgow and began a Phd in Literature, Theology and the Arts. His first pamphlet collection is Hauling-Out (Eyewear, 2016) and poems have featured in publications such as Gutter and The Herald. and the anthology Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry.