Samuel Tongue

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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Why I was so bad at clay-pigeon shooting

It was cold. It was raining. I was tired. I cried ‘Pull!’ and tightened, tried to follow the whirring discus to its apex, the point at which it would pause and begin its fall. My eye filled with dark mountain, …

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The Laws of the Game

No team may have more than seven players on the pitch and each must believe that their heels are aflame, that the bounce of the ball is merciless, that the field is wide open before it’s closed by the lung-crunching …

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