Introducing The September 2010 Readers – 2. Martin MacIntyre

Martin MacIntyre grew up in Lenzie, on the outskirts of Glasgow, his father being originally from South Uist. In 2003 MacIntyre won the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award for his book, Ath-Aithne (Reacquaintance), a collection of Gaelic and English short stories. Having won various awards for individual poems, his first collection Dannsam Led Fhaileas / Let Me Dance With Your Shadow was published by Luath Press in Oct 2006. Martin was crowned Bard at the National Mòd in 2007. A new novel An Latha As Fhaide (The Longest Day) was published in August 2008 and short-listed for the Saltire Society Book of the Year. He is currently working on a new novel and a second poetry collection. Martin lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two children.

Foghar Dhùn Èideann

Tha foghar Dhùn Èideann
a’ fàgail na cuimhne
gun phuinnsean:
na dhonn-bhlàths
na odhar-shràidibh
na ruadh-fhàilte
na òr-bhuidhe chàirdeas

agus anns an luaidh lachdainn
a nì a gheamhradh air an dràsta,
cha dèan e dearmad air
meud na duillich,
cha chàin e mealltachd
gach maidne as àille,
cha chaoidh e òige chaillte
na chomh-thràth tràighte.

Saoraidh e a sholas dìblidh
bho chiont na Dùbhlachd
is caisgidh e a mheallan dubha
bho ùth am màthar bàsail.

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Edinburgh’s Autumn

Edinburgh’s autumn
leaves the memory
without poison:
in its brown warmth
its dun streets
its russet welcome
its golden companionship

and in the swarthy homage
which her winter now pays her,
it won’t neglect
the mass of foliage,
it will not decry the beguilement
of each more beautiful morning,
it will not rue lost youth
in her sapped twilight.

It will absolve feeble light
from the guilt of December
and wean the black showers
from the udder of their deathly mother.

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