Greum Maol Stevenson

ScottishPoetry

Red berries dripping with rain

This evening, I have been rereading passing through by Tom Leonard.

Shortly after I moved back home to Glasgow in 2017, I ran into him in Coffee Pod on Woodlands Road.

In December 2018, he died of COPD, age 74.

In 2020, Coffee Pod was closed by the lockdown, and never reopened.

In April this year, passing through was published by The Common Breath, a small press whose publisher, Brian Hamill, named it after a Tom Leonard essay.

A couple weeks later, Brian Hamill threw himself into the River Clyde in Glasgow and drowned, age 39.

This evening, I have been reading the book again.

Now I am under a blanket knitted for me by my wife, drinking tea and writing this.

#impermanence #LifeAndDeath #MonoNoAware #TomLeonardPoet #BrianHamill #ScottishPoetry #ScottishWriting

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