Tag Archives: Hugh MacDiarmid

G. Gregory Smith’s Gargoyle, or, Several Scottish Voices Gathered Together in Pittenweem and Grooving with Robert Wyatt

https://standupandspit.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/chic-murray/ – I love this outburst of Greenockian absurdism, particularly the moment where Chic claims he’s gone wrong, so runs through the whole poem again, again emphasising both its almost complete lack of sense and its entirely coherent structure. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keaton, Carrington, Milligan: 3

(Warning, Will Robinson : this section seems to veer off at a tangent before returning to (what appears to be) the subject…) I was struck by a recent and very particular version of our impositions on the customary: the decision … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations, xenochronicity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pies, Poute, and the Poetry Mills of Victorian Dundee

It might make some sense to resume this blog where it left off, with a further reference to the ongoing work on Dundee writing in the 19th century. At the Dundee Literary Festival the other week, Professor Kirstie Blair and … Continue reading

Posted in dundee makar, Makaronics, reviews (some antique) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Three Polis: Scots and Intralingual Translation

The panel I took part in on translation at last week’s Newcastle Poetry Festival raised a number of issues of equal fascination to both poets and translators, and, one would hope, readers of both. I found myself as excited by … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations, xenochronicity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Close, 4

(The previous post involved me testing out and adapting one of Geddes’s ‘thinking machines’ – a little bit of neural coding, if you like. It helped me recognise that my tendencies to withdrawal, incrementalism, slapstickery, and to what I identified … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations, Makaronics, xenochronicity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Close, 2

(A short disquisition on how sideboards do furnish a room, in which I’m thinking about types of closeness: how close we get to – or should approach – those lives we thought we might lead. How distant the writer might … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations, Makaronics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Poems for Tom Raworth and an Instant Elegy

I’m indebted to Peter Manson who, on my posting a short elegy on Tumblr for Tom Raworth, suggested I reproduce here two poems he, Peter, and his co-editor Robin Purves, first published in Object Permanence, no. 3 (Sept 94). These … Continue reading

Posted in sparrow mumbling, xenochronicity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Omnisatire and the Ragged Sleeve

Reading The Poets of The People’s Journal, edited by Kirstie Blair, I am so far maist impressed by by the mock-rustic ‘Poute’ (Alexander Burgess), wha conducts a sort of omnisatire, in that he critiques mid-19th century assumptions about poetry, the … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quick notes on editing ‘New Boots’

(Eek, it’s been a while since I posted here! Still struggling with the unresolvable first section of my Mexican post, with the actual intro for New Boots and Pantisocracies just gone to the publisher, this is a few notes I … Continue reading

Posted in current emanations, xenochronicity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in dundee makar | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment