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  • Writer's pictureMike Di Placido

York Poetry Prize 2021

"Mr MacCaig" was shortlisted and commended by the judges of the York Poetry Prize 2021.


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Mr MacCaig


Most mornings,

I’ll amble down to my shed

and see what Norman has to say.

Norman MacCaig the poet, that is.

Not Norman at the shop,

where I pick up my paper –

who always has plenty to say

and none of it ever poetic –

but the poet Norman

who’ll always stun me

in some way.

Today, for instance;

a poem called ‘Escapism’.

Good. Very good.

Especially

how he nails it at the end,

with that raven,

and the sun’s painterly dot

in each of its eyes.




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