and in the shop…
“Surprising the Misses McRuvie”
and collection –
“Even the Sea”
(2023 & 2010),
Red Squirrel Press
YouTube Eleanor Livingstone reading The Soul,
from Even the Sea, 2023/2010, Red Squirrel Press.
“There’s always a hole in theories somewhere if you look close enough.”
He arrives alone, the leafcutter bee,
and with his mandible carves out a hole,
then flies off carrying a circle, light
as leafy air he’ll use to build his nest.
Everywhere I look I see his work:
on doilies under plates of morning rolls
in the window of any baker’s shop,
in every sucked or un-sucked polo mint,
below numbered flags on golf courses
or – halfway down the Canongate – beneath
a tree, where August’s evening light projects
a spot of gold on Fergusson’s bronze head.
Much later on the train when I’m asleep
he buzzes by to claim my ticket home.