Taking My Mother to Higher Ground poem in Scotia Extremis anthology

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Life is amazing isn’t it. I have a baby that takes up 100% of my time and preoccupies ALL my thoughts; America’s just made a massive decision (atrocity) that doesn’t represent me or portend a safe future; and I’ve just gotten home from a picturesque weekend away looking for starling murmurations. However does the mind cope with extremes?

But here is some good news! I’m pleased to say my poem ‘Taking My Mother to Higher Ground‘ has been included in the online anthology Scotia Extremis, an epic collection of poems where Scottish extremes meet!

Brainchild of Brian Johnstone and Andy Jackson, at Scotia Extremis each week two poems from the extremes of Scottish culture are paired together. The Barras meets Jenners, Tartan meets Tweed, Jekyll & Hyde meet Burke & Hare – to name but a few of the cultural collisions so far seen on the blog!

My poem about a walk up Arthur’s Seat (a relatively easy hill to climb in Edinburgh) is paired with Jacqueline Thompson’s stellar ‘The In Pin’ about the Inaccessible Pinnacle, a proper mountaineering feat in Skye which requires a rock climb and abseil! Definitely worth a read! Plus we’re week 42 of the pairings so plenty more great poems to keep you entertained. Hope you enjoy it!

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