Loch Insh at dawn. The right shore here is still iced over, but the left side is where the Spey runs out. While watching the sunrise I saw a pair of goldeneye on the water, and four whooper swans flew over my head – whooping of course. I really don’t think I could do without my little winter break in the Cairngorms every year.
Back home today I found a copy of James Roderick Burns’ Greetings from Luna Park waiting for me. It’s a brilliant three-part narrative set in Coney Island, and written in the Japanese form ‘sedoka’. Each poem contains two verses counting 5-7-7 syllables. It’s the best realised use of the form I’ve yet come across, and I recommend it unreservedly. I had the chance to read it it at proof stage in order to write part of the ‘blurb’. www.modernenglishtankapress.com has full publication details.
Also waiting for me was an email from the Edinburgh-born poet, artist and photographer Colin Will. I’m still trying to digest the coincidence, but this ‘Colin’ now writes under the name Sab Will, and lives in Paris. His website is http://parissetmefree.com He tells me he left Edinburgh when the family moved to London when he was two. I’m sure we must be related, but I haven’t worked out the connection yet.