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Five for: Michael Pedersen


In advance of the Neu! Reekie! / 3:AM evening of poetry, animation & drink (Friday 27th of May), poet & co-host Michael Pedersen has chosen five ‘sage and savant’ poems representative of the spirit of the Edinburgh night.

Norman MacCaig – After His Death – for Hugh MacDiarmid

… the government decreed that
on the anniversary of his birth
the people should observe
two minutes pandemonium.

Tom Buchan Here we go on the roller-coaster

Here we go on the roller-coaster hold on
hold on tight the guy on the lever
has gone for a drink and woops
here we go down down faster and faster and even
more faster…

Robert Burns – Ode to Spring

There Damon lay, with Sylvia gay,
To love they thought no crime, Sir:
The wild-birds sang, the echoes rang,
While Damons arse beat time, Sir.

Edwin Morgan – One Cigarette

Let the smoke lie back in the dark.
Till I hear the very ash
sigh down among the flowers of brass

Ted Hughes – Lovesong

In their entwined sleep they exchanged arms and legs
In their dreams their brains took each other hostage

In the morning they wore each other’s face

First posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2011.

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