Colin Will: Poetry

Colin Will

At Hawthornden Castle, 2013

I started writing poetry in the early 1960s, but stopped for over twenty years. Soon after starting to write again my first published poem came out
in a magazine in 1989.

My first full collection - Thirteen Ways of Looking At the Highlands, was published by
Diehard Publishers in 1996, followed by Seven Senses in 2000, also from Diehard.
A chapbook - Mementoliths - was published in 2005.
My third full collection - Sushi & Chips - was published by Diehard in 2006.
The floor show at the Mad Yak Café
, was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2010 and is out of print.
My sixth collection - The Propriety of Weeding - was published by Red Squirrel in 2012.
In 2013 I published a pamphlet of East Lothian poems, The Year's Six Seasons.
In 2013 I was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship to write a book-length collection of haibun, based on my travels.
This was published by Red Squirrel Press in October 2014, under the title The Book of Ways.
My most recent poetry book, published in 2017 and available from Red Squirrel Press,
is The Night I Danced With Maya.

Book cover

Mementoliths 2 is available as a Kindle e-book, as is Recycled Cards, which was compiled from five poetry cards published in 1998 and 1999.
Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Highlands
and Seven Senses are also now available from Amazon as Kindle e-books.

My poems have appeared in the following magazines: Ambit, Cencrastus, Climber, Lallans, Nomad, Island, Poetry Scotland, Broadside, Agniewska's Dowry,
The Hold, Fife Lines, Poetry Postcard Quarterly, Northwords and Northwords Now, The Eildon Tree, Haiku Scotland, Zed2O, Envoi, Markings, Gutter, Iota,
World Haiku Review, New Writing Scotland, and in the webzines Epistrophy, Zimmerzine, Snakeskin, The Periodic Table of Poetry, Gravity, Softblow,
Bolts of Silk, A handful of stones, And Other Poems, Every Day Poets, Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today, Verse Wrights, The Passionate Transitory,
Notes from the Gean, New Linear Perspectives, Far Off Places, Nutshells and Nuggets, The Stare's Nest, Clear Poetry and qarrtsiluni.

Poems are included in the following anthologies: After the Watergaw, Variations on a New Song, Atoms of Delight, Edinburgh; an intimate city, Verse Chain,
The way to Cold Mountain, Present Poets 2, The Edinburgh Book of 20th Century Scottish Poetry, Shared Writing, daemon, Mesostic Herbarium, Looking Forward,
Things Not Seen, Ten Seasons, 100 Favourite Scottish Poems to Read Aloud, Still Standen, Ten Seasons, Skein of Geese, wind blown clouds, Collection Point,
Berzelio Sodai '08 (in Lithuanian), Shorelines, By Grand Central Station We Sat Down and Wept, Split Screen, Double Bill, Windows for Burns Night, A set of Ribbons,
Making Waves, Into the Forest, Sound Waves, Umbrellas of Edinburgh, Untitled #2, Wild Words, The Call of the Clerihew, and Scotia Extremis.