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Un Tour D'Ecosse
Categories: 21st Century, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (128 pages)
(Pub. Jul 2001)
the beach stands up
in little whirlwinds of ash
in my Hispanic mouth,
the dunes become chintz
statues of white sand
poodles with griffon beaks.
Mannerism of stranded sea-horses!
Salute a small poet
murdered for being red and gay.
from 'Lorca on Morar'
Un Tour d'Ecosse provides a vision of Scotland from the handlebars of the ecologically friendly machine the French call 'la petite reine'. Here are poems of loss and desire, poems in Scots and English and poetry in English about Scots. There is an ode addressed to a poet by a cockroach, and a hippopotamus migrates from a New York Hotel to the Venetian lagoon. Burns, Frank O'Hara, Apollinaire and Mel Gibson have parts to play and there are elegies for the film-maker Derek Jarman and the French writer Herve Guibert. An extended sequence features a fantasy bicycle race around Scotland modelled on the famous Tour de France with Walt Whitman and Federico Garcia Lorca in the yellow jersey. From Sauchiehall Street to Carradale, Dunkeld to the Orkneys, here is Scotland as it has never been seen before.
Awards won by David Kinloch Short-listed, 2017 Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year Award (In Search of Dustie-Fute) Commended, 2011 The Scotsman's Book of the Year (Finger of a Frenchman) Winner, 2004 Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award
Praise for David Kinloch 'David Kinloch is one of the most innovative poets ever to come out of Scotland... his readers must be prepared to take a long voyage through language, imagination and space.'
Douglas Messerli, Hyperallergic
'Skill and vitality make this handsome publication a true and tender elegy for pleasures shared and love recalled.'
'A sparkling collection: full of sensuous richness and linguistic inventiveness. As the punning title of the book might suggest, there is much about fathers and sons, including the moving simplicity of a walk with a dead father 'and then/I let him go,/but this moment/which is far the hardest pain/remains'. But Kinloch unrolls a convincing set of unexpected scenarios: outspoken excerpts from Roger Casement's diaries intercut with the horrors of the Belgian oppression in Africa; tightly drawn translations of Celan into Scots; and a most impressive long poem, 'Baines His Dissection', where a medical man is seen embalming the body of his friend and lover, against the background of a brilliantly evoked Middle East of the seventeenth century.'
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