Claude Rawson, 17 June 1982
Show More St Kilda’s Parliament by Douglas Dunn.
Faber, 87 pp., £3, September 1981, 0 571 11770 8Show More
Airborn/Hijos del Aire by Octavio Paz and Charles Tomlinson.
Anvil, 29 pp., £1.25, April 1981, 0 85646 072 9Show More
The Flood by Charles Tomlinson.
Oxford, 55 pp., £3.95, June 1981, 0 19 211944 3Show More
Looking into the Deep End by David Sweetman.
Faber, 47 pp., £3, March 1981, 0 571 11730 9Show More
Independence by Andrew Motion.
Salamander, 28 pp., £5, December 1981, 0 907540 05 8Show More
“... The title poem of St Kilda’s Parliament is about a local institution ‘quite unlike Westminster’, a gathering ‘by interested parties to discuss the day’s work and any other issues that needed to be talked over’: On either side of a rock-paved lane, Two files of men are standing barefooted, Bearded, waistcoated, each with a tam-o’-shanter On his head, and most with a set half-smile That comes from their companionship with rock, With soft mists, with rain, with roaring gales, And from a diet of solan goose and eggs, A diet of dulse and sloke and sea-tangle, And ignorance of what a pig, a bee, a rat, Or rabbit look like, although they remember The three apples brought here by a traveller Five years ago, and have discussed them since ...”