William Letford

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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Thurs hunnurs a burds oan the roofs

here huw chouf wouf wee robin rid tit peejin breesty lovey dovey ruffle yur feathers show me yur plume look it that Frank nut a look nut a nut plod on then mouldy breed heed woop woop look it that …

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The sadness inside him went deep. The vast distance between every nucleus and every electron in his body was a well that could never be filled Beauty entered and was lost. Wonder entered and was lost. People were drawn to …

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The roughneck didn’t care who’s oil it was he just hated the midnight sun. The toolpusher hated the sea, and the drill went down regardless, as the ocean never met the sun. & at this break in the tail oil, …

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