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

FRÈROCITÉ – on Jean-Bertrand Pontalis’ Brother of the Above

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Jean-Bertrand Pontalis, Brother of the Above Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith (Unconscious in Translation/International Psychoanalytic Books: 2012) by Alexander Freer The younger took himself for the intellectual inferior, having followed a brother surely destined… Continue reading

BROODING, MULLING, REMEMBERING, LISTENING, OBSESSING

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Masha Tupitsyn Love Dog (Los Angeles: Penny-Ante Editions, 2013) by Mark West There are two opening epigraphs to Masha Tupitsyn’s Love Dog, one about literary form and one about love, which suggest the… Continue reading

TRANSLATING MULTIVOCALITY – on Writing Revolution: The Voices from Tunis to Damascus

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Layla Al-Zubaidi and Matthew Cassel (eds.) Writing Revolution: The Voices from Tunis to Damascus translated by Robert Moger and Georgina Collins (I.B. Tauris, 2013) by Anikó Szilágyi The importance of translation to this book strikes you… 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

ARIKA 2013: A CHOREOGRAPHY OF AFFINITIES

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Antonia Baehr My Dog is My Piano performed as part of Arika, Episode 5 – Hidden In Plain Sight. At Tramway, Glasgow, 24th – 26th May 2013. by Amy Bromley At a round-table… 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

LITTLE SPARTA

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Photographs taken by our editor Rebecca DeWald on a GRB outing to Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta.