Harry Giles



Caledonian Antisyzygy: Seven Contemporary Scottish Poets

Caledonian Antisyzygy; Seven Contemporary Scottish PoetsWhen Kent MacCarter asked me whether I’d be interested in selecting some of the younger Scottish poets for readers to sample in Cordite Poetry Review, of course I agreed … I like the way this magazine takes its introductions seriously, and wants to bring the rest of the world to Australia and vice versa. I’m the Director of the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, and there is a lot going on at the SPL, especially during the summer when the festivals are on and the desk is the last place you’re sitting.

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Honeymoon

At the edge o a time, the tide n the licht begin tae tell thir sweir-drawn bye-the-nou thegither – the saft saund-slaikin-straikin, the sunslant stellin an oor in lamer, the ootrug gaan a bittie faurder ilka turn – awthegither: twa …

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Piercings

It took two looks to see him – snapped head and loose jaw, silent moviewise. The boy who broke me in, my head, my skin, up, said ‘a break- down would do you good’. The change snuck him past me, …

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