Glasgow 5 March 1971
With a ragged diamond of shattered plate-glass a young man and his girl are falling backwards into a shop-window. The young man's face is bristling with fragments of glass and the girl's leg has caught on the broken window and spurts arterial blood over her wet-look white coat. Their arms are starfished out braced for impact, their faces show surprise, shock, and the beginning of pain. The two youths who have pushed them are about to complete the operation reaching into the window to loot what they can smartly. Their faces show no expression. It is a sharp clear night in Sauchiehall Street. In the background two drivers keep their eyes on the road.
Born Glasgow, Edwin Morgan lived there all his life, except for service with the RAMC, and his poetry is grounded in the city. Yet the title of his 1973 collection, From Glasgow to Saturn, suggests the enormous range of Morgan's subject matter. He was Glasgow's first Poet Laureate 1999-2002, and the first to hold the post of 'Scots Makar', created by the Scottish Executive in 2004 to recognise the achievement of Scottish poets throughout the centuries.Read more about this poet