poet Alan Gillis

Alan Gillis

Biography of Alan Gillis

Alan Gillis poet

Alan Gillis was born in 1973. Poet and critic, he is also currently Lecturer in English at Edinburgh University, and editor of Edinburgh Review. He has recently published his third poetry collection Here Come the Night. His second, Hawks and Doves (2007), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

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Progress

They say that for years Belfast was backwards
and it's great now to see some progress.
So I guess we can look forward to taking boxes
from the earth. I guess that ambulances
will leave the dying back amidst the rubble
to be explosively healed. Given time,
one hundred thousand particles of glass
will create impossible patterns in the air
before coalescing into the clarity