Home, to surprises

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.


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Poet, publisher, gardener
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8 Responses to Home, to surprises

  1. Sorlil says:

    Oh what a gorgeous picture.

  2. Colin Will says:

    Thanks Sorlil. By the way, I discovered even more coincidences today – both parents of my namesake are librarians & information management specialists, as I was.

  3. apprentice says:

    I’m glad you had a good break and came home to nice goodies and interesting connections.Do you think there’s a librarian gene?

  4. Colin Will says:

    I don't think there's a librarian gene, A. My ancestors were (a) agricultural labourers & domestic servants from Aberdeenshire on the one side, and (b) bakers from Fife on the other. Neither particularly bookish. And it's the same with my new-found relatives.

  5. deemikay says:

    I wrote a poem about Loch Insh a year ago… it was a part sunny, wet and sleety day. Not quite as tranquil as your photograph!

  6. rosswilson says:

    Great photo! I lived and worked in Aviemore for a wee while in a hotel. Nice area.I had a poem in The Eildon Tree 16. I think the editors might have confused your Will for my Wilson as Torness found it’s way into the title of a poem inspired by Fife! I had submitted a poem with Torness as a title, inspired by a camping trip in Dunbar, so maybe that and the Will-Wilson confusion . . . or maybe I’m making too much of it!Anyway, I thought I’d say hello. Blogging is new to me.

  7. Colin Will says:

    That's an odd one Ross – it even looks odd on the page. Did you get a page proof before publication? I know I did. Anyway, Tom Murray & Julian Colton are the editors. In the well-known phrase, "It wisnae me."Colin

  8. rosswilson says:

    I did get a proof, so I don’t know what happened really. It’s in the past as far as I’m concerned: they liked the poem and published it and that’s the main thing. Mistakes happen. If it was in my book I wouldn’t be so laidback though!cheers.

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