Margaret Christie

Margaret Christie is one of the poets we chose to feature for National Poetry Day 2008.

Cover of 'The Oboist's Bedside Book'
Cover design by
Gillian Beaton.

Margaret Christie grew up in the south of England but has spent most of her adult life in Edinburgh. Her poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies.

These poems are from Margaret Christie's first collection, 'The oboist's bedside book', published by HappenStance. Margaret has played in various orchestras. In these poems she is trying to convey the experience of playing music.


Suspended animation

I can neither take in
Nor release air

Through the needle's eye
I play

The temples beat
The magic ancient sound comes out

I sit still
Not revealing my joy

We conspire to hide
The love affair



Playing the right notes

Starting a relationship
Is hard like Mozart —
Every note exposed.


National Poetry Day 2008


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