I’m Not Changing My Name by Maggie McKay

I’m Not Changing my Name

because it is me

my baggage, foibles, self


because I love the misspellings


because I will be “ambitious”,

 “pert” and “forward”. 


because my life began at birth


because I am not first a wife


Maggie Mackay, a Scot and recent Manchester Metropolitan University MA Poetry graduate, has work in a range of print and online publications, including Prole, The Interpreter’s House and Ink,Sweat & Tears. This delightfully defiant poem grew out of research on the long standing Scottish legal requirement to record a woman by her birth name, and on grave stones too.

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