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?
Scotland has provided 11 Prime Ministers to the UK Government, the Marquis of Bute, the Earl of Aberdeen, Lord Rosebery, Arthur Balfour, Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman, Ramsay MacDonald, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, William Ewart Gladstone (Scots parents), Andrew Bonar Law (Scots parents), Harold MacMillan (Scots descent), Tony Blair (Scots descent).