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Chapman - Wild Women of a Certain Age

Wild Women of a Certain Age - Magi Gibson

The Female Poet on Reaching Forty

She’s suddenly aware
of crow’s feet marching round her eyes
of orange peel upon her thighs
and silver strands
appearing in her hair.
She looks around
and is astounded
she is surrounded
by younger men.
And so she whispers to herself –
fuck forty then!


"Blessèd be Magi Gibson for the country hath need of such a voice – made in Scotland from girders."

– Cencrastus

It is a pleasure to read poems that evoke passion and excitement. Magi Gibson’s title poem has become an anthem for women everywhere – an underground classic pinned up on notice boards. We had the poem, now we have the whole book and it doesn’t disappoint. These poems spring from taxis, supermarkets and long car drives through the wind and rain. They spring from fantasies, daydreams, nightmares, from love and hate, but, above all, they exalt and enhance everyday life. Magi Gibson was SAC Writing Fellow for Aberdeenshire, involved in a project in Angus exploring the teaching of environmental education through expressive arts. Her poetry is widely published in literary magazines and anthologies with worldwide distribution. She was the co-winner of the Scotland on Sunday/ Women 2000 writing prize in 1990. She has published one full-length poetry collection, Kicking Back, (Taranis), which was nominated for Saltire Best First Book Award.
Wild Women of a Certain Age proved so popular, touching a chord with readers of all ages and sexes, that both the original and the 1st reprint sold out within a year!

Dec 2004, 72pp, 215 x 140 mm, pbk, ISBN-10: 0-906772-95-8 / ISBN-13: 978-0-906772-95-9 £8.70 inc p&p