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- Why we do it: editing a little magazine
"Unlike bombs, guns, and other signs of the end of discussion, they are perfectly useless."
- The Dark Horse: interview with Nikki Milholin
"Success in terms of a little poetry magazine is in: a) surviving; b) retaining literary quality; and c) creating some kind of a ripple in poetic sensibility."
- Ian Hamilton in conversation
"I thought on the basis of his texts that Salinger was a sort of gameplayer, and that I'd lure him out by sheer force of playfulness ... a massive miscalculation. He came out surrounded by lawyers."
Read responses to this interview.
- Ian Hamilton obituary
My brief overview of his life and career, from The Herald, New Year's Day, 2002.
- A note on Wendy Cope
"As with Hardy's, her best work convinces less by its dazzling ideas than by its emotional resonance."
- Hugh McMillan: Aphrodite's Anorak
"In part, the Scottish poetry scene, like any other, is a mix of backscratching and indifference to genuine talents who remain apart from the ruckus."
- MacCaig / O'Rourke / Ferguson reviews
"MacCaig wrote excellent rhyming verse, such as this volume's 'Return to Scalpay', but other examples here suffer from his earlier penchant for vapid philosophising."
- A MacDiarmid borrowing
Unpublished letter for the TLS.
- On Kirkpatrick Dobie
An obituary of this remarkable Dumfries poet, who died in 1999.
- Interview with Julia Park
Quirky and iconoclastic interview on Scottish and American poetry with the feisty Julia Park, for her Californian journal Redhills Review.