David Donnison is Professor Emertus in Urban Studies at Glasgow University. His recent books include Speaking to Power – advocacy for health and social care, and Last of the Guardians – a story of Burma, Britain and a family.
A sample poem from Requiem
FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
Catastrophic loss, you said,
impales us like barbed wire.
Turn your back upon it – pull away –
its teeth will rend your soul.
Embrace the pain and face it,
then gently disentangle;
grateful for memories
that will some day make you whole.
IT TAKES A LIFE TIME TO BECOME YOURSELF
Review of David’s edited anthology of Kay Carmichael’s writing:
Very occasionally in life one meets someone who can only properly be described as extraordinary. Kay Carmichael was such a person, and this collection of her writings, both in prose and poems, edited by her husband…..read more