Dream state: the new Scottish poets

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Donny O'Rourke
Polygon, 2002 - Poetry - 318 pages
Since its publication in 1994, "Dream State" has come to be regarded not just as an indispensable sampling of recent Scottish poetry, but as a major contribution to the idea of Scotland as a sophisticated, plural, and exciting source of cultural possibilities. This new edition of "Dream State" has been completely revised, updated, and expanded to take account of new work by the existing contributors and to usher in thrilling new talents. The anthology presents a vibrant range of poems -from clear-headed political satire to erotic verse -all exhibiting a striking mixture of lexical brio, sophistication, and directness. Together they articulate a country in the process of confident rediscovery.

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Introduction by Donny ORourke
A Smoke 12
The Long Home 18
The Way My Mother Speaks 24
Mark Rothkos Lochs 29
Two Escapes 37
Not being Bob De Niro 43
Unachievable hopes and unassuageable sorrows 49
Watching People Sing 181
Kathleen Jamie
Forget It 195
Schooldays 201
Amnesia 207
Three Lyrics 214
The Lump 217
Analysis 223

William Hershaw
SelfPortrait 59
A Short Introduction to my Uncle Glen 65
Valdas PoemSleevenotes 73
Saxby Five 82
Praise of a Crofter 97
Alba Einstein 103
Meg Bateman
The Rev Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch 137
I HinniePigs 142
Cabaret McGonagall 171
Jacobites Ladder 174
Men 229
Pram Rage 236
Fife 242
Graham Fulton
Charles Manson Auditions for the Monkees 87
Cream of Scottish Youth 93
A chionn s gu robh mi measail airBecause I
Uilleam Sonas Song of Lewis 275
Johnny Thomson 57
Index of Poets 319

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