meanwhile in Scotland

July 27, 2020

It has been a while since we added a poetry walk to the list, so say hello to the Corbenic Poetry Path.

Located on the grounds of the old Drumour shooting lodge and estate in Trochry, about 30 minutes from Perth, Scotland, the poetry path displays the work of more than two dozen local poets integrated with diverse landscapes and the artwork of stone carver Martin Reilly. Reilly and poet Jon Plunkett came up with the idea for the poetry path, which was built by volunteers and opened in 2015.

The 3.5km path is open and free, should you find yourself in the neighborhood. Until then, you can browse online here and here.

If your travel plans include Scotland between now and October 27, 2019, you might want to add the Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art to your itinerary, where you will find Cut and Paste | 400 Years of Collage on exhibit.

“Collage is often described as a twentieth-century invention, but this show spans a period of more than 400 years and includes more than 250 works.”

Watch a video overview of the history of collage and read more in The Spectator: The women who invented collage – long before Picasso and co. Then go.

We like to make note of places where poetry finds an unexpected audience and here’s one from Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Platform 2018 is a contemporary arts festival in its second year, which offers a week of exhibitions, performances, music, talks, and workshops, March 24-31, 2018. Into that substantial mix comes Perth poet Jim Mackintosh, PLATFORM Poet in Residence, who will visit

all the Festival events to tease out collaborations and create new work to be published during the Festival via a daily diary blog / Twitter / Instagram with the odd photograph and video along the way.

He will also be travelling the bus routes of Perth and Perthshire to engage with passengers, bus staff and anyone impacted by the bus routes to pen some new poems but importantly to encourage people to pen their own poems based on their travels and using text, e-mail, scraps of paper persuade them to submit their words so they can be pulled together and displayed or even published later in the year.

Mr. Mackintosh was previously named Club Poet for the St. Johnstone Saints, a professional Scottish football club. For a taste of what bus riders might hear, watch Mackintosh read his poem “Mind The Time” on YouTube.

poetry walk of the mind

March 3, 2015

On the Massacre of Glencoe - Projection

One of the recurring themes of the Boynton Blog is poetry walks — places around the world where poetry has been integrated into the landscape. Well, here’s another. But this one can only be visited online…and in your mind.

The Scottish design consultancy Double Take Projections uses projection mapping to analyze a surface and project images or messages onto it. “To mark the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Jacobite uprising,” Double Take projected the words of Sir Walter Scott’sOn the Massacre of Glencoe’ onto the stunning, mountainous landscape around Glencoe, Argyll, Scotland, over the course of six nights and created a video of the result. Read more about the uprising and watch (and listen to!) the time-lapse video.

Reasons to go to… Scotland

February 24, 2015

StAnza Poetry 2015

There are surely many reasons to go to Scotland. Here are a couple.

Should you find your calendar clear next week, hie thee over to St Andrews, Fife, for the 18th annual StAnza International Poetry Festival, which runs March 4-8, 2015 (with additional workshops on March 3). Each StAnza is organized around two themes; this year’s themes are Unfinished Business and An Archipelago of Poetry. The lineup of poets is impressive and sure to be inspiring. Much more information is available on the StAnza website.

If dashing off to Scotland next week isn’t on your agenda, don’t despair. There is hardly a square kilometer of Scottish soil that hasn’t been commemorated in poetry…and it is all being mapped! The Scotland Poetry Map (a project of StAnza 2014) is a geographic guide to the poetic voice of Scotland. Take it along on your next trip. See it on the StAnza Blog.

More StAnza Poetry on Facebook.

another poetry walk

January 25, 2015

Robert Burns Steps in Ayr, Scotland

January 25 is the birthday of poet Robert Burns (January 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796), which we celebrate here by adding this handsome poetry walk to our growing collection. We recently mentioned a Gordon Young project done in collaboration with Why Not Associates. This is another.

Created in 1998, the Burns Steps are located outside the Tam O’ Shanter pub in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. The granite steps are carved with a verse from Burns’s poem “Scotch Drink.” More, but not much more, here.

The Dark Would

Inferno, Canto I, of Dante’s Divine Comedy opens with the words,

“In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost. It is a hard thing to speak of, how wild, harsh and impenetrable that wood was, so that thinking of it recreates the fear. It is scarcely less bitter than death: but, in order to tell of the good that I found there, I must tell of the other things I saw there.”

The midlife tale and meaning of “dark wood” becomes “The Dark Would” in an exhibition now ongoing at Summerhall in Edinburgh, Scotland. Curated by Philip Davenport, the show includes text-works and visual poetry by Jenny Holzer, Richard Long, Susan Hiller, Tom Phillips, Simon Patterson, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Tony Lopez, Richard Wentworth, Caroline Bergvall, Lawrence Weiner, Fiona Banner and many others. In addition, some of the artwork by living artists is “answered” by works of those no longer alive, including Stéphane Mallarmé, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Joseph Beuys and William Blake.

Read more on The List, on arthur+martha, and see interviews and additional images in Flux Magazine (here and here). And if you find yourself in Edinburgh before January 24, 2014, do see The Dark Would.
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Divine Comedy translation by A. S. Kline

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