poemof the moment
Along the bedroom floor – ship green or church-glass clear – such envelopes of sea-mail.
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: Yer Actual Message in a Bottle (Father Thames Style) by Dave McGowan, under a Creative Commons licence
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For obvious reasons – the loneliness of the poet's craft, the doubts about whether readers ever understand – the metaphor of the poet as someone sending out messages in bottles was probably common even before Sting wrote a world-famous song about it. But whereas that ended – remember? – with the insane optimism of 100 billion bottles from similarly lonely people washing up to reassure the singer, here there's no such easy get-out.
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.