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Selected Poetry

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Published September 1st 1993 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 1934)
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James Askari
MacDiarmid wrote some of the most pellucid, charming and lilting lyrics in Scots and was probably the finest writer of the living, integrally sensuous iambic pentamer stanza since Arnold. (A dip into 'North of the Tweed' in _To Circumjack Cencrastus_ will confirm this). Five years or so into a forty-plus year poetic career, he rejected his gifts to pen a series of fiercely doctrinaire, verbally knotty paeans to Lenin and Communism. Though from the Borders, he imbibes fully--though not uncritical ...more

Oh he was a wild one! :)
Sam Uglow
For me, it was like reading Bukowski in Scots dialect. Nothing against the form or style or even the dialect (one which is becoming more familiar), but this collection didn't really do that much for me. Some of the poems seemed really contrived. Some of them just seemed to drag on and on like drunken ramblings. It was satisfying to say I read it, but this isn't one I'll be revisiting.
Dec 31, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's getting harder these days to find MacDiarmid, and there just isn't enough of him in this wee collection. Someone get him onto Gutenberg!
Jeffrey Greggs
Jun 28, 2008 Jeffrey Greggs rated it really liked it
Robert Burns, meet TS Eliot. Commingle uneasily.
Sep 11, 2015 Tory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I love "On a Raised Beach".
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