Introducing the October 2010 Readers – 1. Gordon McIness

Gordon McInnes is Glaswegian by birth, but raised in North-East England. A ‘Clydebuilt’ mentee, his pamphlet Sand & Scar is available from Vision Street Press. Travelling to England most weeks, he tends to write on the train, meaning that he normally ignores his fellow passengers and talks to himself. If you happen to sit next to him, just smile and nod occasionally. It helps.

Fog Shadow, Newport Bridge
“Everyone carries a shadow” – Carl Jung

ten thousand tons of lattice mass
steel merging into fog
a gauze like paper tissue
shafts of obscured sun

shuffle between stanchions
shadows cross in air
becalmed on morning, Middlesbrough –

My father, if you hear me,
I’ll leave your shadow there.

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