Category Archives: Life and living

Poem In Black Lives Matter, Ed. By Ambrose Musiyiwa

My poem Only Black in Summer is part of the new anthology Black Lives Matter, Poems for a New World, edited by Ambrose Musiyiwa. It is one of 107 poems chosen from those submitted by writers around the world, poems that reflect how people across the globe are responding to and rallying against racism.

A cup of coffee and a good read… Photo by M. Mair

This review in The Manchester Book Review describes it well.

“This book is a snapshot of a moment in time. It is not just a freeze-frame of the horrific scenes broadcast from America – the George Floyd murder, the MAGA violence – but of a year of pandemic misery and global malaise…

When things are bad, those who usually get the harsh end of things get the worst. This anthology also takes in the longer history of black struggle too, and although aptly published in Leicester – one of the most culturally diverse cities in Britain – that perspective is global.”

I’m very proud to be part of it, and I hope you’ll read and enjoy the rich diversity of voices and perspectives the anthology brings to its readers.


The anthology is available through Amazon. The links below are for North America, but you can search for it wherever you are.


Written by Margaret Mair

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For These Days – Someone Somewhere

Someone somewhere sits dreaming… Continue reading

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For These Days

We are stronger together,
Guarding our selves
While
Guarding each other. Continue reading

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A Dusty Pink Couch

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A dusty pink couch
In an old beige-walled apartment
Overlooking the harbour
Is an odd place for making
Life-changing decisions… Continue reading

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Suddenly I See

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And suddenly I see
The young woman I knew
In the lift of your chin,
The tilt of your face… Continue reading

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Red Raincoat

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…And all that’s left
Is the warm red
Raincoat
He chose to be
Wrapped in… Continue reading

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Pause

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…Give us rest
From grief and sorrow
And peace
To fill the empty spaces… Continue reading

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With a full heart

…When the sun hides
Behind a grey turmoil
Of clouds,
We will
Protect each other
From the onslaught… Continue reading

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I Will Not Say Goodbye…

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You still live
Inside us,
Smiling from
The corners
Of our hearts… Continue reading

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The Real Price of Oil

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…Poison in the water.
Fish flee the creeping
Viscous tentacles… Continue reading