The Hunterian Museum Poems
The book collects work by a range of very different poets, some writing in Gaelic and Scots, most writing in English, beginning with a memorable evocation of the 330-million year-old Bearsden Shark by Scotland's first Scots Makar, formerly professor of English at the University, Edwin Morgan.
Alongside Glasgow's current poet laureate Jim Carruth, eminent and award-winning poets such as Gerda Stevenson, Aonghas MacNeacail, Sheila Templeton, Gerrie Fellows, David Kinloch and Liz Niven extend the range of what poems can do as they address and consider objects vastly different in structure and value as an artificial pitch glacier, a mouse nest, a hunk of deep sea coral, the death mask of Voltaire and the 17th century map of the world.
The objects are reproduced in the book in newly-commissioned photographs to accompany the poems and take us into one of the University of Glasgow's great tresure-houses of learning, and one of the world's leading museums.
Edited by Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.
Christina De Luca
Padraig MacAoidh / Peter Mackay
With introductions by Mungo Campbell and Alan Riach
138 pages, flexibound, published by Freight Design