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To wear tweed is to put on the planet, Checked or unchecked, islands, hard seas, air threads Woven from the world’s greatest democracy
about the poem
Robert Crawford writes, "I'd like the poem to speak for itself, but I remember going into a shed and looking at tweed jackets when honeymooning on Harris in 1988. We were staying in Tarbert, and drove along the Golden Road, with visits to the beach at Luskentyre and to the church at Rodel. I'm wearing a tweed jacket as I type this note. Tweed, like love, is tenacious."
Image: Harris Tweed by Leona-Jayne Kelly, under a Creative Commons licence
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Roderick Watson is a Scottish poet. He wrote a critical study of MacDiarmid, whom he befriended as a student. He has written and lectured widely on Scottish literature, and served as General Editor of the Canongate Classics reprint series. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has published volumes of his own verse and has featured in periodicals and anthologies. He is a professor emeritus in English Studies at the University of Stirling. He is the guest editor of Best Scottish Poems 2014
Robert Crawford is Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews, and one of Scotland's most distinguished poet-critics. He was one of the 'New Generation' poets in 1994, a group which has proved to include some of the best poets of that generation of Scottish writers who have come to maturity in the post-devolution era. His most recent collection is Testament (Cape, 2014).