Copyright jim ferguson 2018
1. 'Alex Harvey was our guide' (Written 2011) - this poem pays homage to one of Glasgow's finest rock n rollers, Alex Harvey. The line 'you are swimming up a river you did not know you loved before' is a reference to the SAHB song 'River of Love'; 'this is a man with stockings in his mouth' refers to Alex's on stage presentation of the song 'Framed' where he made use of a pair of women's stockings in a piece of blackly comic rock theatre. The 'tree', 'fish', 'bird' and 'bell' are the City of Glasgow coat of arms.
2. 'Ms Mati becomes a mother' (Written 1992-2002) - concerns a fictional female character who is fiercely independent and determined to live life on her own terms. The lines 'out into this world/ no sooner' are from Samuel Beckett's 'Not I'.
3. 'John Lennon's elbow' (Written 2002) - was inspired by the Beltway Sniper Attacks in the US in October 2002 and by the X-Press 2 version of the David Byrne song 'Lazy'. It is about how gun crime seemed to become an ordinary part of daily life all over the world, hence the use of John Lennon as a transnational cultural icon who was renowned for his peace campaigns.
4. 'modern glasgow luv poem' (Written 1993) - a simple atmospheric poem about the City of Glasgow as a single organism made up of 1 million people all going about their different but somehow inter-related lives.
5. 'Lament that choruses through your broken heart' (Written 2008) - A poem in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their fight for self-determination.
6. 'MEDLEY' - This soundscape of extracts and 14 shorter poems was put together by Oliver Woods and consists of pieces written between 1986 and 1999. The earliest pieces 'redundant' and 'the close' appeared in the 1987 pamphlet 'Tower of Babble' (Itinerant Publications, Greenock); other contributors to 'Tower of Babble' were Ronnie McNeil, Graham Fulton and Bobby Christie.
7. 'battered auld clock' (Written 2011) - is a metaphor based on the life of Scottish poet Robert Tannhill whose watch was found sitting on top of his coat on the bank of the burn in which he drowned himself on 17th May 1810.