Category Archives: xenochronicity

Phorgotography, 5

Next near-subliminal Facebook flashcard was from Depths of Lockdown. This was the same image I’d picked out to illustrate a point about Creative Procrastination in my piece for NCLA’s New Defences of Poetry, a website-that-shoulda-been-a-book edited by David O’Hanlon-Alexandra, so … Continue reading

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Phorgotography, 4

Continuing the theme of images randomly thrown up by Facebook that then vanish before I’ve finished my usual arduous Working-Out-Of-Thinks, this was from the day of the Russian invasion back in February. The image itself was more than a decade … Continue reading

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Micro-reviews (2): Desperate Fishwives

Here’s another enthusiastic response to being asked to read a book, this time one by the very fine Lindsay MacGregor, who first studied then taught at Dundee Uni, who hosts the Ladybank Platform readings, is part of StAnza’s constellation of … Continue reading

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Imagining Imagined Spaces

This review of a book of essays exploring the range of forms possible within creative critical thinking was supposed to appear in a briefer form sometime last year but, for whatever reason, did not. It acts as a sort of … Continue reading

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The Great Slowing Down versus Poet MacDiarmid (3)

The interiorising impulse is a normal part of most writers’ cycle of composition and publication, but it became stronger for me with my father’s death, after which I spent a couple of years darting off to any far-off place that … Continue reading

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A The Poetry Review review

So complete is the lacuna created by the pandemic that, when it comes to the microcosm of poetry, entire books were swallowed up by it like Keaton’s famous shot in The General of the titular train steaming off the blown-up … Continue reading

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The Great Slowing Down versus Poet MacDiarmid (2)

So, as I think I was saying, the GSD equals a reluctance to complete these many waiting posts which isn’t entirely motivated by kindness to the passing reader. It has the air of a necessary recalibration, but the effect of … Continue reading

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Phorgotography, 3

vii  this is enough(This is another instance of Facebook popping up a few photos at random, me finding myself responding more thoughtfully to them than Ι’d expected – ie being a bit floored by the coincidence – only not to … Continue reading

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Phorgotography, 2

iv mitherboardMitherboard imagery: street I grew up in till I was 6 (Peddie), but no the richt bit o it – we bided further up on the right. Street roond the corner whaur thon shop is (Corso) is whaur meh … Continue reading

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Phorgotography, 1

Our relationship with the photograph has changed so much over the last twenty years that the few black and white or kodachrome or instamatic images of older folks’ childhoods (and of their progenitors’ entire lives) have taken on the austerity … Continue reading

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