Night Journey by Rob MacKenzie

St Andrews is into full StAnza swing this week with events all across the town in various venues.  Especially for MUSA we are excited to bring you the work of four poets who have been commissioned to write a poetic response to objects from our collections at MUSA this week. They are Helen Lawrenson, Richie McCaffery, Ruth Aylett,  and today by Rob A. MacKenzie.

Mariner's astrolabe PH204
Mariner’s Astrolabe made by Elias Allen,
London, 1616



Just us with the astrolabe

by night, fixing coordinates,

flexing uncoordinated selves

for love and misdirection;


latitude but no longitude:

55th parallel, we are either

cruising in Nizhny Novgorod

or haunting the port of Leith.


Imprecise as the alidade’s

conviction, as most sure

things are, we drift where

uncharted sea insists we


must be, lost and found

star by star by star by star.


You can see more of these responsive poems in the Lines on a Map exhibit at The Byre and find out more about the StAnza Festival by following the link below:


#StAnza  #PoetryinMuseums


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