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Andrew McDiarmid

From Seattle, WA

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Andrew immigrated to the United States at age 11, first to Texas and then to Seattle, where he's currently based. He is a media relations specialist at the Discovery Institute and producer of Simply Scottish, a podcast of history, culture, and music. His writing has appeared in Las Cruces Poets & Writers Magazine, Scotland Magazine, History Scotland Magazine, Scottish Memories, Relevant Magazine, and Yahoo Voices.

What inspires me?

God. My wife. My daughter Caledonia. My mother and father. My job. Movies. The morning.

My best line

I’m going to thank you though, not as a Negro, not as a man or woman with graying hair who can remember exactly where I was when Rosa Parks made my heart sing, but as a young, white man from Scotland, a poet, a human, your brother if I may. (from "As If I Could Say Something to Langston Hughes") There is what's left, what used to be, what covered us, what lived in us, what grew. And in those remnants, dead and dying, we plant the flower again. (from "Plant the Flower Again") I imagine a look of consternation on Gerard Mercator’s bearded face, listening intently to the lady’s voice telling us where to go. How does she know, he’d think, Where are your maps? (from "Geographia")

Top 5 poets

  1. Robert Burns
  2. Billy Collins
  3. Robert Frost
  4. Emily Dickinson
  5. William Carlos Williams

Top 5 poems

  1. "On Turning Ten" (Billy Collins)
  2. "This is just to say" (William Carlos Williams)
  3. "The Road Not Taken" (Robert Frost)
  4. "To a Mouse" (Robert Burns)
  5. "Sonnet XXIX" (William Shakespeare)

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