Tag Archives: Douglas Dunn

Stiob! It’s the New Unsettlement

(I’ll try to post this four part piece daily across this week.) 2 One social phenomenon which illustrates this neatly is the late Soviet satiric mode of stiob*. According to Dominic Boyer and Alexei Yurchak, who produced a study comparing stiob … Continue reading

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Non-Standard (2)

(This second part is drawn from the lectures I delivered at Newcastle on ‘Modern Scottish Poetry’, a course I taught until it became evident that Creative Writing was where all the effort needed to go, in terms of designing an … Continue reading

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The Great Moc Gonagall

Norman Watson, Poet McGonagall: The Biography of William McGonagall (Birlinn) One of the first books of poetry I remember from my childhood is listed in the bibliography to this new life of William McGonagall, the enigmatic purveyor of bad verse … Continue reading

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Embodying delight (some formulae)

Alan Gillis, Hawks and Doves, The Gallery Press, 79pp; Fiona Sampson, Common Prayer, Carcanet, 74pp; Lynne Wycherley, North Flight, Shoestring Press, 70pp. There are a number of now quite stately premisses on which we still rely when we come to … Continue reading

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ministrations, legions, loneliness

(This appeared in Poetry London in Spring 2006, and looks at Stewart Conn, David Harsent and Piotr Sommer.) These three poets, one Scots, one English, one Polish, respond in contrasting ways to their shared European context, its heritage and its … Continue reading

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A Turbulent Makar

(This piece on Edwin Morgan’s Scottish Laureateship was written in November 2005 for a small magazine the name and a copy of which continues to evade me.) The idea of a poet laureate carries with it some interesting preconceptions. Although … Continue reading

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