Tag Archive: poetry

A RIVER FILLED WITH SHADOWS: Three Portuguese Poets in Translation: Andreia C. Faria, Ricardo Marques and Miguel Martins

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This is the first of five instalments of work as the result of the 2017 Edwin Morgan Trust translation workshop. Three Portuguese and three Scottish poets met, under the guidance of facilitator Tom… Continue reading

PRESENT MORTALITY: RYAN VAN WINKLE’S ‘THE GOOD DARK’

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Ryan Van Winkle, The Good Dark (Penned in the Margins, 2015) Review by Andrew Wells This collection’s opening poem, ‘The Duke in Pines’, begins with a structurally straightforward de-clarative: “I woke up with… Continue reading

SOMETHING ELSE: ‘After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems’ by Hasan Sijzi, trans. by Rebecca Gould

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Hasan Sijzi, After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems. Translated by Rebecca Gould. (Northwestern University Press, 2016).  By Kevin L. Schwartz Others leave behind gold and silver reserves. Hasan leaves behind descriptions of… Continue reading

FUELLING THE FIRE: CLAIRE ASKEW’S ‘THIS CHANGES THINGS’

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Claire Askew, This Changes Things (Bloodaxe, 2016) Review by Vicki Husband ‘Dukkha’ – a complex Buddhist concept of the suffering that is inherent in life – is the poem that opens this collection.… Continue reading

AN EXCERPT FROM CATRIONA KNAPMAN’S EDINBURGH FRINGE SHOW ‘OUT ON THE WORLD’

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CATRIONA KNAPMAN is a Scottish writer and human rights worker. Originally from Glasgow she has lived in eight countries in four continents over the past ten years. She currently works on land and… Continue reading

Distinctiveness and Collaboration: 100 Dutch-Language Poems: From the Medieval Period to the Present Day, selected and translated by Paul Vincent and John Irons

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100 Dutch-Language Poems: From the Medieval Period to the Present Day, selected and translated by Paul Vincent and John Irons (Holland Park Press, London 2015)   by Richie McCaffery I often look forward… Continue reading

LYRIC MEDIUMS: Joanna Newsom’s ‘Divers’

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Joanna Newsom, Divers (Drag City, 2015) Brad Buchanan (ed.), Visions of Joanna Newsom (Roan Press, 2010) by Rebecca Varley–Winter In reviewing Joanna Newsom’s Divers – an album of music, after all – for… Continue reading

A TINY BLOW: Kathleen Jamie reads from ‘The Bonniest Companie’ in Edinburgh

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Kathleen Jamie The Bonniest Companie (Picador Poetry, 2015), launched on 29th October 2015 at Out of the Blue in Edinburgh By Naomi Richards 2014 was the year Kathleen Jamie, inspired by the energy of… Continue reading

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

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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

The Informationists 1: Poems by W.N. Herbert, David Kinloch, Peter McCarey, Richard Price, Alan Riach

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This is Part One of a special retrospective on the Informationists, an experimental poetry group including Robert Crawford, W.N. Herbert, David Kinloch, Peter McCarey, Alan Riach and Richard Price. Part One contains introductions and retrospectives from… Continue reading