Dear friend and former colleague, Jane Goldman, generously asked me to contribute to her response when the journal, Contemporary Women’s Writing, asked her to write a piece on ‘Scottish Women’s Poetry’ for a Special Issue. With typical intellectual verve and disruption, Jane used this as an opportunity to ask many people to join with her in asking: ‘WHY I CHOOSE POETRY? WHAT’S NATION GOT TO DO WITH IT? WHAT’S GENDER GOT TO DO WITH IT?’ and thereby ‘deliver a multiplicitous essay-poem lubricated by [those] responses’. This is my contribution. Thank you Jane. Really looking forward to the issue.