Tag Archives: W.S. Graham

Carry On, Leonora: 1

(This is the first of five sections of a piece I’ve been puzzling over all summer about the great British Surrealist painter and writer, Leonora Carrington. Puzzling because I don’t quite know where I’m going with this, though it clearly … Continue reading

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Non-standard (1)

(Following on from my previous post, this is the intro to a talk I gave at, possibly, the 2005 British Council Oxford Conference – I say ‘possibly’, because I can’t find any confirmation on the British Council’s site. Perhaps a … Continue reading

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Not as we see, but as we are seen

I woke up the other morning, as I sometimes do, with a line of verse in my head. Sometimes this is something composed in the last dream before waking, and usually it’s a magnificent higgamus-hoggamus (‘The long iron boot-rat’ being … 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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Once Were Informationists

(This review of Peter McCarey’s collected pamphlets appeared in Edinburgh Review 132, and is a look at what some Scottish poets did post-MacDiarmid and pre-Internet.) Peter McCarey, Collected Contraptions (Carcanet), 173pp, £14.95 Truth is sunk in information (‘Variations for Richard … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Voice

Tiffany Atkinson, Kink and Particle (Seren), 64pp, £7.99; Tishani Doshi, Countries of the Body (Aark Arts), 64pp, £9.99; Roger Moulson, Waiting for the Night-Rowers (Enitharmon), 93pp, £7.95 First collections offer us a paradoxical reading experience. They are often the result … 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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