poemof the moment
Whenever neon trickles down to meet a city drain, I think of you on some wet roof, a cobbled son of men
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: Blade Runner, 1982 by Bill Lile, under a Creative Commons licence
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Does this poem work even if you have never seen Rutger Hauer, as replicant Roy Batty, deliver his ‘Tears in the Rain’ soliloquy – surely one of the best in cinema – in Blade Runner? Not perhaps as strongly – though it would still support a reading of how everyday life contains so many reminders of loss or hope, whether rainwater trickling into a city drain or a hint of blue sky in rainclouds.
Kona Macphee grew up in Australia and now lives in Perthshire, where she works as a freelance writer and media producer, has 'serious fun' as a 'thingwright' and runs the Muse Tuners, a creative mentoring agency. She has been writing poems since 1997, and received an Eric Gregory Award in 1998. Her first collection, Tails, was published by Bloodaxe in 2004. Her third collection, What Long Miles (Bloodaxe), was the Observer's Poetry Book of the Month for July 2013.