Niall Campbell

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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Leave, Eriskay

I know the feeling of the grain farmer who packed up and left his smallholding: and not for the famine or the drought but for the light being always on his back. ‘The Work’ first appeared in Moontide, Hexham: Bloodaxe …

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The Work

If I have to, then let me be the whaler poet, launcher of the knife, portioning off the pink cut, salt trim and fat, tipping the larger waste off the side of the boat, and then to have the poem …

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