Working out of the net

I take the lift to the top of the Mack
out of the tightening web of people
and breathe the quiet dark,
as by a country fireside,
with the city nestled like a bed of embers among the hills.

I see a single window lighted
in the side of Jack Frame’s dome
and wonder how, from a studio in the city rooftops
he paints nothing but trees.

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About Pedalling Poetry

Writer Ellen McAteer is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, and a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art. She was a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape, as well as a solo singer who won a BBC Radio competition with her song Blue Valentine. She was Director of the Poetry Trust, which ran the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, a director of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, a visiting lecturer at Oxford University's MSt in creative writing, and a member of the core group of performers at the Hammer and Tongue spoken word collective in Oxford. She is a qualified Librarian.
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