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Edwin Morgan is one of our favourite poets at LGBTicons so we were delighted to be reminded of this wonderful work Strawberries from A Year Of Scottish Literature. On coming out on his 70th birthday, Morgan stated that most of his work was gender ambiguous not only due to the fact that homosexuality was illegal when it was created, but also because he hoped it would gain a universal audience.

A lot has changed since then. Do you think LGBT artists in 2013 narrow their audiences by being out?

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Strawberries

There were never strawberriesstrawberries
like the ones we had
that sultry afternoon
sitting on the step
of the open french window
facing each other
your knees held in mine
the blue plates in our laps
the strawberries glistening
in the hot sunlight
we dipped them in sugar
looking at each other
not hurrying the feast
for one to come
the empty plates
laid on the stone together
with the two forks crossed
and I bent towards you
sweet in that air
in my arms
abandoned like a child
from your eager mouth
the taste of strawberries
in my memory
lean back again
let me love you

let the sun beat
on our forgetfulness
one hour of all
the heat intense
and summer lightning
on the Kilpatrick hills

let the storm wash the plates

Thanks to Stuart Aitken for suggesting this beautiful Valentine’s Day inspired poem by the late Edwin…

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