John Burnside

John Burnside

Dunfermline, Scotland
John Burnside
Dunfermline, Scotland
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John Burnsideis a Scottish writer, born in Dunfermline. He is one of only two poets (the other being Sean O'Brien) to have won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the same book (Black Cat Bone).

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Burnside studied English and European Languages at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. A former c ...
Popular Poems
1.
Snake
As cats bring their smiling
mouse-kills and hypnotised birds,
slinking home under the light
of a summer's morning
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2.
Agoraphobia
My whole world is all you refuse:
a black light, angelic and cold
on the path to the orchard,
fox-runs and clouded lanes and the glitter of webbing,
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3.
Blues
It’s moments like this
when the barman goes through the back
and leaves me alone
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4.
Over Kellie
If summer is conversation,
then winter is thought;
or so it seems tonight: rain in the trees
and, halfway between our house
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5.
Ronan
To prove that nothing
really disappears
and nothing comes of nothing,
days like these
...

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