Category Archive: poetry

“YOU’RE NOT DONE IN IF YOU’RE STILL DREAMING”: At the Salon de la Revue, the DIY antidote to the corporate bookfair

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   by Andrew Rubens Vincent Rougier, artist and editor, is perched behind his stall. Still wearing red scarf and Indiana Jones fedora in the slightly chilly hall, he is conversing with friends and… Continue reading

TO TRUTHS TRANSLATED: On Shakespeare and Flarf

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The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare, edited by Sharmilla Cohen and Paul Legault (Telephone Books, 2012) by Calum Gardner The first full-length offering from Telephone Books, an imprint of Brooklyn publisher Nightboat, showcases… Continue reading

ON ALISTAIR NOON’S MANDELSTAM

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by Henry King For a couple of years now, I’ve had an on-off obsession with Osip Mandelstam, the Russian poet who famously died on his way to a gulag after insulting Joseph Stalin… Continue reading

MAD SCOTLAND HURT YOU INTO SONG: The Poetics of a Stateless Nation

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by Stewart Sanderson (image attribution: Angus McCulloch) In 1940, the English poet W.H. Auden declared that “poetry makes nothing happen: it survives / in the valley of its making.” From its first publication,… Continue reading

PERCEPTION IS ALMOST AN END IN ITSELF: Lyn Hejinian’s The Book of a Thousand Eyes

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Lyn Hejinian The Book of a Thousand Eyes (Omnidawn, 2012) by Calum Gardner The Book of a Thousand Eyes is the culmination of two decades’ work for Lyn Hejinian, and it has been… Continue reading

ARIKA 2013: HISTORY ROUND A TABLE

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Arika Episode 4 – Freedom is a Constant Struggle. At Tramway, Glasgow, 18th – 21st April 2013. Episode 5 – Hidden In Plain Sight. At Tramway, Glasgow, 24th – 26th May 2013. by… Continue reading

BIG AND SMALL: New poetry from Maggie Rabatski and Alexander Hutchison

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Maggie Rabatski Holding (New Voices Press, 2012) (Designed and printed by Perjink Press, 2012) Alexander Hutchison Tardigrade (Perjink Press, 2013) by Richie McCaffery “Perjink” is a Scots word for neat, well turned-out, trig.… Continue reading

POEMS OF THE INFRA-EXTRAORDINARY: Alec Finlay’s Question Your Teaspoons

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Alec Finlay Question your teaspoons: Stonypathian memories (Dunbar: Calder Wood Press, 2012) by Calum Rodger This is how space begins, with words only, signs traced on the blank page. To describe space: to name it,… Continue reading

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