Why write poetry, Poet?
I am a rhymer, not a poet. They are the Burns, Wordsworth’s and Scott’s. “Oh, to have a little of their art”.
How did you get started writing poetry?
I decided to send to this web site upon the urging of a writer friend, to share with you, and to hope that you like some of my play with words. It has been something that I have always enjoyed doing.
Who were your influences?
I have been encouraged by your response. Many things I have written for a particular moment in time, and only make sense to those involved. Some require a little Scottish "translation".
There is no money in verse, as poor Topaz McGonagall found out in Dundee. Sadly, perhaps in his case, even ridicule.
I am a retired, transplanted Scot, from Stirling. I do a few other “artsy” things, like painting and music. During our overly long winters here in Canada, I like to read, and write. Most times with feeling, and sometimes with my warped humour. I never take myself too seriously.
I play golf, in summer. I suppose, in conclusion, I could say that I am not really a golfer either. They would be the Woods and Montgomerie’s. “Oh, to have a little of their art”
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
George Cleghorn (1716 - 1794) Army surgeon who discovered that quinine bark acted as a cure for Malaria, a form of which was endemic in Britain at that time.