Tag Archives: Hugh MacDiarmid

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

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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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Smile! It’s the New Unsettlement

1 (of 4) I was intending to be in Dundee last weekend for a project that strongly appealed to my imagination: the reconstruction and subsequent demolition of a cardboard effigy of the Royal Arch. With my usual, firmly xenochronicitous grasp … Continue reading

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Portrait of an Informationist, (or, The Kind of Found Poetry I Want)

(About 11 months ago, I did one of those Facebook ‘challenge’ chains – post a poem each day for five days; challenge five others to do the same – which are just an excuse to share new work. Most of … Continue reading

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From the Miniature to the Virtual: Informationist Dundee

Like several  Scottish and Northern cities which have struggled with their changing identity – are they, as formerly, principally provincial conglomerations, or can they become something more, something capable of rebalancing the stacked centre/region dichotomy? – Dundee has performed and … Continue reading

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New Cartographies for Old

(An edited version of this review appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Poetry London.) Sandeep Parmar, Eidolon (Shearsman); Sam Riviere, Kim Kardashian’s Wedding (Faber & Faber); Tony Williams, The Midlands (Nine Arches Press). These three collections in their different … Continue reading

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Three notes: 3, on Scots

(A couple of weeks before Xmas, while I was waiting around to be chosen for jury duty, I was reflecting on the relation between the work I was doing on Scots in my old school, and the latest manifestations of … Continue reading

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