woodland orchestral voices sing
to the beat of gravelled footsteps
beneath a canopy of percussive rain
a shoal of maybes
float rings of possibility
upon the glazed assurance of the loch
shadow wings brave stiff breeze towards the ridge
until driven to the ground by crow
who harries her to flee
as surrender tail
hushed by dusk
to mist whispers
In the autumn of 2014 a poet and a photographer met in the Lochmaddy Hotel to discuss a wee collaboration and the result, ‘The Island Spirit’ , is now available.
With photography by Jörg Waste, distillations by poet Peter Kerr, and an essay by John Randall, this beautiful book is a collection of photographic essays, each focusing on a protagonist or a group of people living and working in the Western Isles.
Copies are available online: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/7836068-the-island-spirit
archipelago of island clouds
becalmed in silence
of sea-blue sky
I am thrilled and delighted that my poetry will accompany a Hebridean land and sea film by Jim Hope in a projection at the Boatman’s Tower opposite Bayhead in Stornoway as part of the ‘Building our Islands’ illuminations in the town on Saturday 25th March 2017.
There are three venues participating in the events; The Nicolson Institute & the Boatman’s Tower in Stornoway, and the Girnal at Rodel, Harris, and all three have connections with my family.
My cousin Alma taught music at the ‘Nici’, my grandfather John Kerr was born 142 years ago this month just across the water from the Boatman’s Tower at 11 Bayhead, and my cousin Angus Kerr was the farm manager at Rodel in the latter years of the 19thC.