Scotia Extremis with a big nod to Scottish singers Emeli Sandé and Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle – against the odds

Yet again Scotia Extremis hits the mark with work by Scottish poets about Scottish singers.

Susan Magdalene is an aching poem by Valerie Thornton about Susan Boyle and wider issues of bullying. Real tenderness with a big bloody dash of anger: I wish that I could sing / like you, into the heart / of every wounded child.

Similarly, Janet Paisley delves beautifully into the essence of Emeli Sandé in VoiceThere are rhythms in rain, of storms, / grace in green notes, a flowering. 

Both these poems continue the journey of Scotia Extremis across the great divides of Scotland. They move towards a deeper understanding of all of us with our differences and our intricacies. Excellent stuff. More to come.

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