It’s January and once again time to pepper the windows of Dumfries with contemporary poetry in celebration of Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796).
My poem ‘Endgame’ is in The Globe Inn, which sits in one of the tiny alleys off the High Street.
Poems are again on display in the windows of the Coach and Horses Inn, and at the Robert Burns House in (of course) Burns Street.
This year’s pamphlet containing poems from 2013’s contributions is also available for sale in the venues, and at Roncadora Press, http://www.hughbryden.com/
My poem ‘On a Black Mountain’ is in the pamphlet, along with poems by 41 different poets, including Ryan Van Winkle, Tom Pow, Linda Cracknell, Helena Nelson, and Hamish Whyte.
Each year, the locals from the Globe Inn choose one of the poems to be engraved on a windowpane in their pub. Polly Atkin’s ‘Forecast’ was last year’s choice, and is well worth of few moments of your time. You’ll find it on the Facebook site of the project here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/BurnsWindowsProject
I’m off to my friend Vicki Husband’s tonight to raise a glass to the young Ayrshire Lothario. Vicki has a poem in the windows of the Burns House this year. It is titled ‘Nostalgia’ and is mighty fine indeed. You can read it here: http://vickihusband.wordpress.com/
Happy Burns Night.