Neil Leadbeater Debuts from Scotland


Neil Leadbeater is an author, essayist, poet and critic living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His work has been published widely in anthologies and journals both at home and abroad. His latest books are “The Worcester Fragments” (Original Plus Press, England, 2013); “The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives” (Poetry Space, England, 2014) and “The Fragility of Moths” (Bibliotheca Universalis, Romania, 2015). His work has been translated into Romanian. Spanish and Swedish.


                                    Moving A Peony

I moved one once

with all the subtlety of a ham-fisted amateur

blundering into the props; shifted it

from the Grand Circle

to the quiet reach of the Back Stalls.

It came to life in the Second Act

and flowered on for years.

                                    Flight of a Thousand Pigeons Leaving Parker’s Piece

These were no beginners, young chicks or squabs

but stout-bodied birds

maybe some were doves and some were pigeons

it was hard to tell above the cacophony

of dove-chatter

but this much was clear:

it was like the shrill excitement of children

fresh out from school

or the pigeon post in India

faster than First Class Mail –

bearers of news from Olympia

in Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Or maybe, just in England,

the final score between Queens Park Rangers

and West Bromwich Albion

before the invention of the telegraph

put a stop to it all.

                                                  Pearl Mussels

snap shut like a locket.

Unhinge them

and their inner surface

is Bizet-bright:

a single orb

of necklace glitter

cocooned like a babe


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1 Response to Neil Leadbeater Debuts from Scotland

  1. theheyseed says:

    Very nice. It came to life in the second act.

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