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Graham Donachie

E-mail Address: rgdonachie@shaw.ca
Please include the word 'POETRY' in the subject line of any email you send.

Why write poetry?

I don’t really know. I only started in 2001 when I purchased a computer. The easy passage of words from creation to oblivion gave me a sense of instant creativity. Poetry allows me the pleasure of extremes.

Who were your influences?

I cannot say with any truth that I have been influenced by poets either alive or dead. I struggle with Burns and agonize over MacDiarmid. I’ve recently began a trial attempt at writing both in the Doric and Broad Scots. Alas, tribulations are abounding and I fear that my demise will occur sooner than my mastery of our confounded dialects.

What is your favourite poetic verse?

Love’s farewell..
by Michael Drayton..

”Now if thou would’st, when all have given him over,
From death to life thou might’st him yet recover”

Lovely language. Wonderful 16-17th Century English....

Other favourites include:-
"Ticonderoga" by R L Stevenson
"The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes.

Examples of poetry.

  1. A Dundee Love Poem
  2. A Simmer Bonnet
  3. A Small Happiness
  4. Appalachia
  5. Atholl Braes
  6. Carrots
  7. Cinnamon Bear
  8. Come Back to Me
  9. Cromwell
  10. Drummer Boy
  11. Forest
  12. Hussar
  13. I Don't Know
  14. Invasion and Liberation
  1. Jigs an' Reels
  2. Katie
  3. Kisses
  4. My Bess
  5. Netherworld
  6. Rent Boy
  7. Silent Mist
  8. Silver Shot
  9. The Land of the Standing Stones
  10. The Latest News
  11. The Otherworld
  12. The Scottish Bard
  13. When He Died
  14. Zuni

Who are the Scots?

George Goudie Chisholm (1850 - 1930) Influential Geographer. First lecturer in Geography at the University of Edinburgh (1908), securing the recognition of Geography at that University and author of the Longman's Gazetteer of the World (1895).

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