poemof the moment
I may be from out but I am now with.
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.
Scotland by Paul Walter, via a Creative Commons licence
poem chosen by…
Catherine Lockerbie says, 'This poem by Katie Ailes – a spoken word performance poet whose work also reads beautifully on the page – is a captivating, fond, witty piece about the absorption and use of language and accent and becoming part of a culture. And in the new isolationist rhetoric which emerged in 2016, the final two lines serve as a fine, clever, perfectly crafted sense of inclusion, not exclusion.'
Katie Ailes is a poet and scholar originally from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. In 2014, Katie Ailes moved from the US to Scotland on a UK-US Fulbright Award. An active spoken word artist, Katie has performed across the U.K. She organises, composes, and performs with the spoken word collective Loud Poets. She co-edited the anthology Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry (Luath Press, 2016). She published her first collection, Homing, in 2015.