poemof the moment
I’m dreaming of exotic gentians, alpines, delphiniums. But it's the last of the flowering thistles that stand before me
about the poem
'Rose Hips and Thistles' will appear in Marion McCready's next collection, Madame Ecosse, which is due to be published in spring 2017 by Eyewear Publishing. She says, 'Madame Ecosse is a very Scottish collection of lyrical poems. Female experience is expressed through mythical and historical characters ranging in theme from Mary, Queen of Scots to Trident but always with a focus on the natural world.'
Image: Thistle by Mark Robinson, under a Creative Commons licence
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Eyewear has been quietly publishing some fantastic poetry over the past few years, so we're delighted a quartet of their poets will be joining us for a special performance on National Poetry Day, Thursday 6 October, 6pm (£7/£5). Poets taking part include Marion McCready; George Elliott Clarke, Canada’s Poet Laureate; Paul Deaton, whose poems have appeared in The Spectator and PN Review; and Terese Svoboda, American poet, novelist, librettist and translator.
Marion McCready was born in Stornoway and lives in Dunoon, Argyll. She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013. Her first full-length collection, Tree Language, was published by Eyewear Publishing (2014). She has a sequence of poems titled ‘The Birth Garden’ in Our Real Red Selves, a poetry anthology published by Vagabond Voices (2015). Her next collection, Madame Ecosse, is due to be published Spring 2017 by Eyewear Publishing.