Sculpture inspired poetry

Your Refugee is Weak and Vulnerable by Andrew M Hill

September 24, 2010

After viewing Ronald Rae’s granite sculptures I couldn’t but contrast their strength, solidity and endurance with Ronald’s weak and vulnerable drift wood refugee in St Mark’s Unitarian Church, Edinburgh – Andrew M Hill. Dung Beetle’s belly is solid and hard Your refugee’s runs soft as lard Bison, bison firm and strong your refugee just tags [...]

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For Ronald Rae by Liz Penny

September 24, 2010

As you listen to your angel music you absorb the shock of each hammer blow. Steady the tool in your hands which knows how you long to lose the physicality of it all, how tired you are of mechanical thought. Long practice of seeing all that there is leads you straight to the chase of [...]

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In search of a granite stone from Carsluith Old Quarry

September 16, 2010

Brutally blasted From the granite hillside these old stones Once naked and vulnerable Now kindly clad In Nature’s green velvet coat Where once Brightly coloured bulldozers and clanking cranes Jostled for centre stage Now an arena Of scattered fallen rocks Evidence of a battle fought and won Now we The intruders enter the arena And [...]

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I.N.R.I. (Fallen Christ) by John Davies

July 24, 2010

I.N.R.I. by John Davies There’s a rock outside the Mac With a man’s head on it Seems to have fallen from the sky Like a tailless comet Landed with quite a bump That airborne gent One eye tight closed in a painful wince One eye wide open with the shock of the event This chunk [...]

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Great Bear Day by Jenny Melmoth

November 4, 2009

Great Bear Day by Jenny Melmoth The Bear swings in at seven tonnes, A little late, but heck, when you are 470 million years old what’s an hour here or there? He hovers in his slow trapeze, clears the trembling hedge, and nose uplifted chooses his position; precisely where he’ll stay. Majestic, he allows his [...]

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Lion Of Scotland by Stewart Conn

November 4, 2009

Lion of Scotland by Stewart Conn granite carving by Ronald Rae Its supple marriage of muscularity and grace first envisaged at Tillyfourie Quarry where the workers believed they could trace an imprint in a block of Corrennie granite, this 20-tonne stone transported to Cramond and worked on for over a year: the sculptor inspired as [...]

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Granite Birth by Rowena M Love

July 30, 2008

Granite Birth by Rowena M Love for Ronald Rae Art and faith mate to make sculpture from blushing Corrennie granite. Sweaty effort of conception, rhythmic chisel, panted breath, labour’s pain soon forgotten in tonnes of stunning beauty born. Swaddled with shadows and ideologies, breastfed on dreams, each statue cries to be heard. Tweet

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Ronald Rae-Sculptor of Granite by Laura White

May 30, 2008

Ronald Rae – Sculptor of Granite by Laura White skilled with hand-tools you cut and hone intrigued by local stone – a snare feldspar granite – igneous stone sunlit abyssal-quartz light pink stone a stone fly’s wings shift flit and flare adroit – with skill you cut and hone mallet and chisels shape flesh and [...]

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Fell To Earth Here (Fallen Christ Sculpture) by Jan Sutch Pickard

May 11, 2008

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The Lion’s Return To Holyrood by Dr Donald Smith

January 30, 2008

The Lion’s Return To Holyrood – Dr Donald Smith Hey big man, whit’s yer gemme? Loupin intae Holyrood, snugglin doon wi yer flowin mane aa curled. Lik ye aye bidit here? Ye’re granite set no volcanic lava but the dormant hump o Arthur’s Seat the verra double o yer- rump. Lion o Scotlan ye’re back [...]

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Choosing a Drawing by Stewart Conn

July 30, 2007

Choosing a Drawing by Stewart Conn “I keep several hundred in a friend’s attic, some so depressing you couldn’t face living with them. Your best tactic is to avoid preconceptions, then choose whatever speaks most strongly to you.” In charcoal whorls, an elephant and hippo, baggy bulk conveyed by gradations of light And shade; portfolios [...]

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A Lion, Lying by Rowena M Love

July 30, 2006

A Lion, Lying – Rowena M Love The Lion of Scotland lies beneath Salisbury Crags, its Corrennie pelt ruffled with symbolism. Has time tamed it to a domestic tabby whose petulant yams – the politicians’ “I am”s – make a mockery of a hundred men? Twenty tons of granite sits unblinking, letting you make up [...]

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Stone Voices by Jim Hughes

January 30, 2006

Stone Voices – Jim Hughes These stones will shout aloud, More than pious sermons or mute mumbles of apology. Their voices cry with protest at partitioned poverty and pain. They groan with grief at solitude and loss, and from the chisel strokes of steel on stone they ring with resonance of hope and love revealed. [...]

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Golgotha by Michael Malone

November 30, 2005

Golgotha – Michael Malone Her head shelters under the bridge of a concrete arm. Lower limbs crushed in silent squat as if the simple act of standing would push up the sky and make the stars fall in to drown in our oceans. As if the simple act of standing would colour the world grey [...]

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Horse by Sheila Templeton

July 30, 2005

Horse – Sheila Templeton Set free from grained granite to nuzzle roughness of ancient rock into a soft cheek resting on his own long spine, in that warm hollow where man would throw a saddle. He curves around his heart space, the same space I long for, to be held, absorbed into grey granite beating. [...]

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