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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.


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.


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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