On my way to the Scottish Poetry Library today for a meeting between writers (especially poets) who work in prisons, and members of the Scottish Prison Service and other involved parties (I’ll blog more on this at a later date), I walked past the wall of the Scottish Parliament. For those who don’t know, the wall has insets of characteristic Scottish rocks, and 24 panels bearing quotations. Two new panels were formally launched today, with lines from Oh Dear Me (The Jute Mill Song) by the Dundee songwriter Mary Brooksbank, and an extract from A Man In Assynt by Norman MacCaig.
Later, I was reminded by Douglas Dunn, who had been at the Parliament’s ceremony, that Mary Brooksbank is thus far the first woman to be represented on the wall. When I think of the wide range of women poets who could have been considered, I find that surprising, to say the very least.
However, my reason for posting today is that I wonder if it might be a reasonable ambition for today’s poets, to have a phrase or statement incised on a panel on the parliament’s outer curtain wall? Is there a phrase that you’ve written that you’d like to bequeath to posterity? Or does the idea not appeal?