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Roddy Lumsden Responds

by Roddy Lumsden

It's still a British poem though, if not a British subject, and so "kerb" is not an anomaly. I'd hope "death pilots" rather than "blackfly" hints at terrorism, but I do tend to keep my political images subtle to the point of near-invisibility. Yet Campion is right that that doesn't change his objections much—so can we agree to agree? I should have tucked that poem away in the depths of the book!*





*This exchange originally appeared on poetryfoundation.org

Originally Published: February 1, 2010

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This prose originally appeared in the February 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

February 2010


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Roddy Lumsden was born in St. Andrews, Scotland; he describes his upbringing as small-town and working-class. His earliest exposure to literature came from his mother and older brother, who would read aloud to him when he was a child. Later, when he attended school, his writing was influenced by the works of W.S. Graham, Philip Larkin, Thom Gunn, T.S. Eliot, and Sylvia Plath, and by song lyrics.

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