The Argotist Online
is from Scotland where he lives with his wife and their two West Highland White
Terriers. Oliver attended engineering classes at the Glasgow University, and
continues his adventures in learning. His writing style is eclectic with a
wide emotional range and his touch with the pen, delicate to robust. He prefers
raw, spontaneous work, "straight from the gut."- He also has a wicked
sense of humor. His favourite poets are: George MacKay Brown, Hugh
MacDiarmid, Edwin Muir, Robert Burns, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.
Oliver’s work has appeared in Flashquake,
as the Editor's choice in
the Spring 2007 edition
and he also won the Balticon 41 Science Fiction Poetry competition
2007, with his poem 'I, POD'.
The Ex-BBC site Great Writing chose his poem as the "Pick of the Month".
tried to keep you dry
against the gate he stands,
and wonder in his eyes
Kenavara (In Gaelic,called “Ceann
a' Mhara” - Headland of the Sea)
is a magnificent headland on the stunning island of Tiree which also boasts
three Duns, and ancient chapel ruin and a swallow hole. The Skerryvore
lighthouse makes a striking silhouette as the Barra islands and South Uist lie
like pearls in the ocean. The sweep of Travee, curving round to Balephuil, is
washed by opalescent water.
According to legend,a great Tiree piper wandered drunk into the “Piper’s Cave” intending to outplay “the little people.” Unfortunately, they enjoyed his playing so much, they decided to keep him forever. Only his terrier dog emerged several days later, hairless and terrified. On certain nights, when the wind blows from the Northwest, the haunting strains of his piping can still be heard by locals, echoing round the deserted coast.)
and lovely Kenavara,
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