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The Revolutionary Art of the Future: re-discovered poems
Edited by John Manson, Dorian Grieve and Alan Riach
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (128 pages)
(Pub. Oct 2003)
Ah, this is my ambition indeed:
To rise up among the insipid, unsalted, rabbity, endlessly hoping people
And sing a great song of our Alba bheaddarrach
An exuberant, fustigating, truculent, polysyllabic
Generous, eccentric, and incomparably learned song
And so bring fresh laurels to deck the brows
Of Alba bheadarrach is Alba-nuadhaichte, ath-leasaichte, is ath-bheothaichte.
The Revolutionary Art of the Future is a selection from three hundred poems by Hugh MacDiarmid discovered by John Manson in the archives of the National Library of Scotland in 2003. This is the first time many of them have appeared in print.
The range of subjects and moods is extraordinary: poems in Scots and English, provocative poems on sexuality and marriage, satires on the hypocrisy of the Church and bourgeois complacency, comic squibs and powerful indictments of the brutality of imperialism and its consequences in war. MacDiarmid celebrates the power of derisive laughter and the poetic imagination to combat ignorance, prejudice and stupidity. Twenty-five years after his death, MacDiarmid's is still a truly dissenting voice, as shocking and necessary as ever.
Praise for Hugh MacDiarmid 'Watch him, an angel's set his tongue on fire.'
'Lord God, this fellow is a poet, singing a song even when pain seizes him, or the woe of the world murmurs in his heart'
'Every door in any town should be wide open to that great lyric poet Hugh MacDiarmid.'
'These great people like MacDiarmid are a bit scary, '
Liz Lochhead 'Riach has done Scottish literature a great service in masterminding the Carcanet edition of the works of Hugh MacDiarmid...'
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