Poetry



Thoughts on The Hill We Climb

1st May 2021

Gorman’s poem is an inspiring call to be the light the world needs. As the 2021 Presidential Inauguration was due to commence at the Capitol Building, the digital format could not subdue the palpability of a despairing hangover from an insurrection that had occurred just two weeks earlier. This inauguration was a crucial moment to ...


A Beginner’s Guide to Poetry

7th April 2021

If you think it sounds phallic, it probably is. Poetry 101 or, lol, Poetry.  Or raise your hands up in the air for poetry. Or a wee character, lost at sea, drowning in poetry. The latter is what I felt like when I turned up for my first undergrad lecture and realised it was on ...


Review: Home Body by Rupi Kaur

2nd March 2021

A poetry collection that only scratches the surface. Home Body is Rupi Kaur’s third work, following her widely-acclaimed and hugely-popular first and second poetry books, Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers. The Instafamous poet has been the recipient of commendation and criticism in equal measure. Before I dive in, I need to ...


From commerce to curriculums: Robert Burns in global culture

25th February 2021

Our local, humble poet has an astounding worldwide outreach. From stamps to statues, banknotes to books, film to festivities and Coca-Cola bottles to curriculums, there is nobody who has infiltrated and influenced global culture at every level to the extent that the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns, has. As one of the most prominent figures in ...


Review: Bad Moon

18th February 2021

A collection of poetry that whispers truths we are too scared to hear. What is the effect of distance? When do “they” or “them” become an “us”?  How are we connected? When does it all stop? These are the questions that Samantha Walton answers in her inquest of ecological destruction in Bad Moon.  In her ...


Future World Changers: changing the world through poetry

14th January 2021

In this article, The Glasgow Guardian interviews Shehzar Doja, founder of The Luxembourg Review, and a PhD student of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Shehzar’s passion for poetry and the impact it has had on his life made him want to use it to change the world. This ambition prompted him to apply ...


Slow culture works at the Ubiquitous Chip

10th December 2020

Poetry installations: blending whisky with verse. An exciting medium to present poetry and explore the passage of time has arrived at Ashton Lane’s Ubiquitous Chip, but just like the process of whisky making, it will take time for the full impact to be revealed.  Glengoyne Distillery has rebranded as a company with an “unhurried” attitude ...