J L Williams

Caledonian Antisyzygy: Seven Contemporary Scottish Poets

When 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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All Water

Been thinking a lot about gills, how this flesh fringe can take in water and air, how you can catch a fish by tickling it under its belly wearing silk stockings on your hands. How you can hold a fish …

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The heron has a dream of blindness. He starves, but it is beautiful; the feeling of the fishes brushing his legs. ‘Revelation’ first appeared in Locust and Marlin (Shearsman Books, 2014)

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