Maggie Mackay, a jazz and whisky loving poet with an MA from Manchester Metropolitan University, has a range of work online and in print, including the recent #MeToo anthology. In 2017 her poems were nominated for The Forward Prize, Best Single Poem and the Pushcart Prize. Her first pamphlet will be published by Picaroon later this year.
You are as rare as pink topaz,
so rare that sunlight creeping in at dawn
can halve your life,
as rare as fire that ignites a thousand hearts
or burns the iciest ocean
or bursts the dark sky with shimmer.
You splinter needles of that rarest pink,
warm the crust of this earth
with your imperial hue.
then fade when you’ve spent
your milliseconds of time,
cast across the universe.
“From How to Distil a Guid Scotch Malt to Ghazal, this pamphlet is packed with gems. Gems extracted from a mind that honours and cultivates experience, friendship, love and laughter. The language, both English and a sprinkling of Scots, sparks with energy. You see, hear, touch, taste and smell these poems, allowing you to accompany the poet on her sensory journey from Loch Maree to Lake Malawi. Maggie’s positivity and energy capture the heart. Be prepared to be dazzled.” – Maureen Cullen
The Heart of the Run will be released in August. Watch this space!