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Dear Green Place: The many connections between Glasgow and Baltimore

Dear Green Place: The many connections between Glasgow and Baltimore

"Play fortresses/ of brick and bric-a-brac spill out some ash./ Four storeys have no windows left to smash,/ but in the fifth a chipped sill buttresses/ mother and daughter the last mistresses/ of that black block condemned to stand, not crash."- Edwin Morgan, "Glasgow Sonnets"

Baltimore, Maryland and Glasgow, Scotland are both tough towns, it's true, and people not from these towns love to say so. They both speak English, but not to everyone's liking—vowels get teased but the accents are so developed that some English literature has been translated into it. They're cities on rivers, the Patapsco and the Clyde, that belonged to the...

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