I Luv U ;-)
Text your Valentine a poem bards. Words: Ruth Hedges
oses are red . . . Shall I compare thee . . . How do I love R thee? Let me count the ways . . . Time to find words to win
a heart. to woo or to tell the one you love quite how much. Now Willie Shakespeare is one of our most borrowed bards of love. Elizabeth Barrett Browning a favourite with the ladies and old Andrew Marvel coined the ‘getting your leg over' verse (“Had we but World enough, and Time/ This coyness Lady were no crime' — but we don‘t so come on. let '3 go to bed).
And as good and touching as all these are, they're old. We've
heard them all before — yeah yeah, I'm more lovely and more
temperate than a summer's day.
The Scottish Poetry Library has come up with a 21st century solution. It has commissioned six of Scotland's poets to write a short love poem which can be texted anonymously to the object of your affections. They range from a Marvelesque 'I want you now' ode from Tom Leonard to characteristically tender and passionate lines from Edwin Morgan, while Elspeth Murray's 14 modest words
are full of warmth.
Texting (for better or worse) is undoubtedly the new medium of love and SPL is canny to tap into it. Coinciding with its 20th anniversary celebrations. the initiative marks a shift in direction as it increases efforts to promote poetry as a cutting edge art form. To find out details of how to text your poem see page 123 or visit
www.spl.org.uk. u cd do ws.
by Scotland’s top
ONE TWG THREE FOUR suddenly Quietly, amid Keeping and Kiss me with spring - the rush-hour forgetting time, rain on your my heart and bustle, l blush. I my pulse to eyelashes, the river smile just your pulse, come on, let us full to bursting thinking of you. rhythm and sway together Alan Spence Elspeth Murray rhyme under the trees, Gael Tumbu/I and to hell with thunder. Edwin Morgan
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suddenly spring — my heart and the
river full to
How I pine for a bawdy
yir really beautiful body.
ahm right besotten, ah fancy yi rotten; let’s huwa tet-a-tet - stoap playn hard tay get.
If Eco has his way Only in inverted commas can Valentines say
‘I love you’
Which I do
And darling please feel free to quote me Donny O'Rourke
4 THE LIST 5—19 Feb 2004
Dope and a prayer
Edinburgh’s first cannabis cafe has opened - but it’s a smoke-free zone. Words: Ruth Hedges
o junkies. jaikies or radges allowedlll' It's on the membership form for the UK's first cannabis cafe, Purple Haze. which opened in Leith at the end of January. It's also a statement of intent.
Paul Stewart has set up the cafe which looks like most greaSy spoons — apart from the hemp burger mix and various magic mushroom varieties on sale. On the opening night he'd hoped to get out the Monopoly boards and chill out but a frenzy of press interest and three arrests scuppered the plans.
The Current law and reclassification of cannabis from B to C has not actually taken effect in Scotland. And so members of the Evening ‘No' Smoking Club are running the risk of being charged. The paradox of a no-smoking cannabis cafe is explained by Stewart with the fact that a quarter of deaths in Scotland are smoking-related.
He wants to do this right. ‘We want to keep the criminals out.’ he says. As the rules state:
‘Strictly no hard drugs. dealing, gossiping etc.‘
Because of our country's strange drug policy.
it is OK for Paul to put up a poster advertising hallucinogenic Mexican Gold Cap Mushrooms. but the tobacco-free cannabis thing remaiins illegal. It‘s all a bit of a purple haze.
You can find Purple Haze Café at 8 Portland Place, Leith, 555 4222, www.purplehazecafe.com
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