Introducing the March 2011 Readers – 1. Niall Campbell

Niall Campbell (b. 1984) from the Western Isles of Scotland graduated from St Andrews University in 2009 with an MLitt in Creative Writing. He has had work published, or forthcoming in: Poetry Review, Blackbox Manifold, Cyphers and the Red Wheelbarrow. His first pamphlet is ready and will hopefully be published in 2012. He currently lives in Glasgow.

To a Poet

I won’t be thanked for this, but I thought of you
that evening I was woken by the rat;

its scuttle – stop – and scuttle, mirroring
your cautious step; and then, its endless clawing
at the floorboards like your sailor life
spent carving out your calendar of shipwreck.

But more than this it was its human hands,
how it gnawed small pieces off the darkness.

(originally published in Snakeskin)

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