poemof the moment
the waiter poet – offering the choice wine, polishing to the light, the bringer of the feast and the bill.
about the poem
This poem explores ways of writing, ways of seeing how to write, poetry in a series of unexpected comparisons: the poet as hunter and butcher; as healer andcarer; as a person in a potentially explosive field; as bargainer and maker – all the relationships that a writer might have with language. The final comparison resonates: the poet and the reader must be prepared to pay for the nourishment a poem provides. Image: Please Settle the Bill by Georgie Pauwels, under a Creative Commons licence.
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This poem comes from a collection which netted Niall Campbell the inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. It was such a pleasure to hear all six short-listed poets aged 30 and under read with composure and panache at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 15 August, and to sense - as presenter Jackie Kay said - Morgan's encouraging presence.
Niall Campbell is originally from the Western Isles of Scotland. He studied English Literature at Glasgow University, and in 2009 went on to complete a MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews. In 2011 he received an Eric Gregory Award and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. He lives in Edinburgh. His first pamphlet, After the Creel Fleet, was published by HappenStance Press in 2012. His first collection, Moontide (Bloodaxe, 2014) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.