Silk and Smoke is a beautiful publication, and I had them in mind when I was working on the final draft of ‘Fusion’. It’s brilliant to be a small part of a fairly new, local (Edinburgh-based) online magazine. One of my favourite elements of the publication is that they include both notes from the authors and a chosen piece of music to accompany each work. For my poem, I selected the ethereal ‘Ophelia’ by Karine Polwart (linked in the above). Karine’s gorgeous voice and stunning talent for song-writing has frequently lifted my spirits during 2020. It’s lovely to share another female Scottish voice, too!
Last weekend the temperatures here in Fife dropped from 18C to 2C overnight. It snowed again in the hills, and for several days we have been shivering in blasts of arctic air flows – the last gasp of winter: the lambing snows.
This poem was first published in the autumn 2017 edition of Northwords Now, issue 34. I was honoured to have three poems appear in this particular edition, Herringbone, The Crow Road and Skye-light. All are available to read here: https://www.northwordsnow.co.uk/author/Larissa-Reid
Really honoured to be part of the #Cateran100 project being run by the Cateran Ecomuseum https://www.cateranecomuseum.co.uk/ during these strange times. The team at Cateran are posting daily audio recordings of poems old and new on social media, together with local photographs and history related to Perthshire, Tayside and Angus, Scotland.
The theme for 2020 is ‘Radical Voices and Rebel Stories’, with a focus on the young people who have been making their voices heard on the climate crisis over the past two years. My poem was written in response to the eeriness and sadness I felt as I watched our local woods alter over the course of a long hot summer. I was disturbed by the previous winter, where the winds blew for weeks from the East rather than the South-West – a small detail, but when the clouds blow ‘the wrong way’ across the sky for days, I find it deeply unsettling.
The result is my poem, ‘In Elegant Green’, which you can read on the Paisley Book Festival website (link above).
It’s been a wee while since Twisted::Colon committed anything to print, but the latest collection, available to buy now, is well worth the wait.
In this collection we are transformed into other beings, we enjoy the sensuality of plums, we remember Africa, we break plates, we play hide and seek, we encounter witches, we clamber among the clouds, we are swept away by the Singularity, we potter about, we face extinction, we dance, we are seduced, we drown.
Poetry, fiction and memoir by:
“Poetry to shake senses awake with the splash of language.”
Kenny Taylor, editor Northwords Now
Last February, 2018, I challenged myself to write a poem every day for a month. Starting on February 1st, and taking writer Robert Macfarlane’s ‘words of the day’ on Twitter as inspiration, I began to write poems, many fuelled by my love and need for the natural world, particularly at times of crisis. The result is my first small collection of poetry, In February.
I have decided to donate all profits from the sale of this book to the British Thyroid Foundation http://www.btf-thyroid.org/ in support of the valuable work that they do across the UK.
If you would like to buy a copy of the book, priced £5.99 (plus £1 P&P), please click on the link below. Copies will be posted after the book launch on January 30th 2019.