Birth Day

Mandy Maxwell

the streets were fat with expectation
and when the wait was almost over
the waters broke, the tide turned and one
small beat infiltrated the rhythm of a house
that stood still in the aftermath.

the streets were fat with expectation
and when the clocks struck twelve
the River Clyde burst her banks and the pavements flowed with wine,
the cenotaph in George Square let out a lion's roar
and someone discovered the eleventh commandment
on the back of a toilet door.

the streets were fat with expectation
and in the season's swell, St. Mungo stepped down
from his plinth and rang the natal bell.

Mandy Maxwell

Mandy Maxwell says:

I'm a Glaswegian living in Northumberland, and in 2007 I began the MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. I set out to Newcastle to complete a novel I'd been working on following the publication of some extracts from it but, happily, things didn't work out that way. The poetry bug bit hard and I'm now working on what, I hope, will be my first collection. I like to read my work to an audience and I'm excited that Newcastle has so many venues and events where I can do this.

I've recently been asked to perform in my first Poetry Slam competition - to be held in Durham next month - I said yes!

My work has appeared in SQA Write Times, Reading the Waves and Northern Lines. Online with Poetry Scotland, The Glasgow Review and Eleutheria. Soon to appear in Mslexia and The Black Light Engine Room.
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