December, Glasgow

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Questions and Answers

What inspired “December, Glasgow”?

This poem was written during my first winter in Scotland. I had moved from Vancouver to do a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. It was near Christmas; I was standing on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street looking down at the stream of shoppers.

What poetic techniques did you use in “December, Glasgow”?

I focus on using soft sounds and the occasional internal rhyme.

This poem “December, Glasgow” originally appeared in Canada Reads. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 193 (Summer 2007): 35.

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