A Burns’ related theme for this new enterprising poetry site with a group of talented writers. Well worth a read.
>> Burns Night
To launch Scotia Extremis we chose two topical themes: Burns Night, celebrated on the bard’s birthday 25th of January; and the Shetland festival of Up-Helly–Aa, which this year falls on January 26th. This pairing reflects two very different types of festival; on the one hand, a commemoration of the radical social commentary and beguiling love poetry of Robert Burns, seen by many as the epitome of Scots culture; on the other, a Norse-flavoured pagan festival full of drama and fire, so far-removed from Burns’s lowland Scotland as to be almost another country.
To a Burns Night
by Ryan Van Winkle
Some have meat
and some have friends to gather
close some nights, hot
in those cold places so often
between us — my how you whistle & slope
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