AXIOM, APERTURE, ADAPT: A. J. Carruthers’ ‘Axis Book 1: Areal’

A. J. Carruthers Axis Book 1: Areal (Vagabond Press, 2014) by Calum Gardner Axiom A. J. Carruthers’ Axis promises to be a long poem, perhaps a very long poem. This “projected life-long” work belongs to… Continue reading

EIBF 2015: MARINA WARNER AND KIRSTY LOGAN

This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 15th–31st August 2015 at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. Marina Warner and Kirsty Logan’s discussion took place on… Continue reading

ONE-HANDED: A Note on the Possibilities of Google Translate as a Tool for Poetry

By Juana Adcock One-Handed was devised by Juana Adcock and Rahul Bery as an experimental translation project that paired Mexican and Scottish poets together. Rather than simply translating each other, as occurs in… Continue reading

EIBF 2015: CECI N’EST PAS UNE PIPE: Celebrating Simenon

This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 15th–31st August 2015 at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. John Simenon and Daniel Hahn discussed Georges Simenon’s work… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY SETH CROOK AND SHEILA HAMILTON

SETH CROOK taught philosophy at various universities before moving to the Hebrides. He does not like cod philosophy in poetry, though he likes cod, poetry and philosophy. His poems have appeared in such… Continue reading

THE INSISTENT QUESTION: James Wood’s ‘The Nearest Thing to Life’

James Wood The Nearest Thing to Life (Jonathan Cape, 2015) By Andy Wimbush In a diary entry from 1922, André Gide records a conversation with his friend and fellow writer André Ruyters, who… Continue reading

THE BARK OF THE LANGUAGE FOREST: Peter Manson’s ‘English in Mallarmé’

Peter Manson English in Mallarmé (BLART Books, 2014) By Rebecca Varley–Winter In ‘The Music of Poetry’ (1942), T. S. Eliot writes of the “most obscure” French poet Stéphane Mallarmé: “the French sometimes say that… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY BRIAN BEATTY

BRIAN BEATTY‘s jokes, poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including The Bark, Conduit, Dark Mountain, Elephant Journal, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Good Men Project, Gulf… Continue reading

THE HIGHEST EXPRESSION OF THE DIVINE: Anne Cuneo’s ‘Tregian’s Ground’, translated by Louise Rogers Lalaurie and Roland Glasser

Anne Cuneo, Tregian’s Ground: The Life and Sometimes Secret Adventures of Francis Tregian, Gentleman and Musician, translated by Louise Rogers Lalaurie and Roland Glasser (And Other Stories, 2015) By S.J.L.Constantine The late Anne… Continue reading

ENGELS AMONGST THE HIPSTERS: DW Gibson’s “The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century”

This is the first part of an ongoing series on life in the twenty-first century city. More reviews, essays and travelogues will be posted on an occasional basis. The series aims to explore the felt… Continue reading