Clyde: my river – G W Colkitto
In Clyde: my river G W Colkitto takes us on an extended journey that travels as much through time as place. Deftly weaving together scenes from childhood to adulthood, from family to social commentary and politics with a river that is itself as much a character as the parents, brothers, royalty and worker who populate these poems, Colkitto conjures a tone that is at once wistful and precise; that is both astute and deeply humane. Whether working with long declamatory lines or a tumble of short drum beats, this is poetry that is alive to the power of language and all the ways in which we connect. Beneath a surface simplicity there is not only enormous craft at work, but layers of meaning beckoning us back to read and read again and find something new each time.
I thought it exotic
as if California came to Glasgow
wanted to paint it gold
G. W. Colkitto is a widely published poet, short story writer and novelist from Paisley. He won the Scottish Writers Short Story Competition, in 2011, and the Scottish Writers Poetry Competition in 2012. His poetry collection, The Year of the Loch, was published by Diehard Press, in 2017; a second collection, Waitin tae Meet wi the Deil was published by Diehard 2018. He is also the creator of Sebastian Symes, Victorian Detective.
Brantwood — The Place of Little Green Poems is also published by Cinnamon Press.