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TITLE
'The Lands of Smooth Control'
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_DAVID_ROSS_01
DATE OF RECORDING
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
David Ross
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1285
KEYWORDS
audio
literary landscapes

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The poem 'The Lands of Smooth Control' was written by David Ross. An excerpt from the poem is read here by the author.

'In the lands of smooth control
the metal is alluminium.
Power is nuclear
and travel is illusory
(There is no smoke.)

In the lands of smooth control
the music is the jester's music.
Every parody suggests the same elusive theme
but never states it.

In the lands of smooth control
the orators are lucid.
The philosophy is relativity
and time has an infinite extension.
(The ability to wait is fundamental.)

In the lands of smooth control
poets calculate
its area.'

After completing a degree at Edinburgh University, David Ross stayed on in the capital for another fifteen years, working at a variety of jobs from lecturer to dish-washer. He wrote two draft novels and ran a Creative Writing Workshop for Theatre Workshop as well as playing and song-writing in several bands, including Poetry Roadshow, a words/music fusion of performance poets and musicians.

Returning to his home town of Tain in Easter Ross, he began writing 'Highland Views' and worked mostly as a musician and tutor, initially with the Highlands Music Centre, and Invergordon Community Arts Project. He was later responsible for developing Music Performance and Sound Production courses for North Highland College in its Alness Centre, and a Creative Writing Course in Dornoch.

David Ross is currently self-employed as a guitar, composition and recording tutor.

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'The Lands of Smooth Control'

2000s

audio; literary landscapes

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: David Ross

The poem 'The Lands of Smooth Control' was written by David Ross. An excerpt from the poem is read here by the author.<br /> <br /> 'In the lands of smooth control<br /> the metal is alluminium. <br /> Power is nuclear<br /> and travel is illusory<br /> (There is no smoke.)<br /> <br /> In the lands of smooth control<br /> the music is the jester's music. <br /> Every parody suggests the same elusive theme<br /> but never states it. <br /> <br /> In the lands of smooth control<br /> the orators are lucid. <br /> The philosophy is relativity<br /> and time has an infinite extension. <br /> (The ability to wait is fundamental.)<br /> <br /> In the lands of smooth control<br /> poets calculate<br /> its area.'<br /> <br /> After completing a degree at Edinburgh University, David Ross stayed on in the capital for another fifteen years, working at a variety of jobs from lecturer to dish-washer. He wrote two draft novels and ran a Creative Writing Workshop for Theatre Workshop as well as playing and song-writing in several bands, including Poetry Roadshow, a words/music fusion of performance poets and musicians.<br /> <br /> Returning to his home town of Tain in Easter Ross, he began writing 'Highland Views' and worked mostly as a musician and tutor, initially with the Highlands Music Centre, and Invergordon Community Arts Project. He was later responsible for developing Music Performance and Sound Production courses for North Highland College in its Alness Centre, and a Creative Writing Course in Dornoch.<br /> <br /> David Ross is currently self-employed as a guitar, composition and recording tutor.