Tag Archives: Norman MacCaig

Three notes: 2, Secondariness

(This second note, happily, is on the idea of secondariness – again an idea mentioned in passing in relation to MacCaig. As mentioned by Richard Watt back on good ol’ Facebook, this certainly owes something to Deleuze and Guattari’s idea … Continue reading

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Three notes: 1, on metaphor

(I have three notes I’d like to post as a way of clearing decks before the year gets any further. Each of them requires further elaboration which in turn requires me being able or willing to get into my office, … Continue reading

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A note on MacCaig

(This brief note arose from a Facebook chat with Alan Buckley, in which I suppose I was outlining something of what I think of as Secondariness – how certain writers, indeed certain literatures, are perceived as outside the frame of … Continue reading

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Interview with the Gumpire

(This is the text of an email interview a student conducted with me this April for a project – I didn’t know them and, while they gave permission for their questions to be reproduced here, they preferred not to give … Continue reading

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The Nay I Know Not Seamless Garment Garment

An eminently sensible question from a former student, ‘Do you have different blogs for a reason? Maybe you should just choose one and stick to it?’ has made me go over this old niggle from a new angle. Whether we’re … Continue reading

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The Academy of Errors?

News of the death of the very playful, very questioning ‘scul?tor’ George Wylie has made me think again about this wry, almost Socratic strain in the Scottish mind, as evidenced by figures as diverse as Wylie himself, Ivor Cutler, Chic … Continue reading

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Interview for Gentleman

(Gentleman is an Indian magazine: about ten years ago, my old pal from Kolkatta, Debanjan Chakrabarti, wrote up this interview based on my last trip to India. I was just getting some poems together for my next trip — next … Continue reading

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