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Cabaret McGonagall Paperback – 1 May 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd; First Edition edition (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852243538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852243531
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,501,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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W.N. Herbert's poetic prescription is kill or cure. Herbert specialises in big, spine-burstingly various and formally eclectic books, in both Scots and English, that are always in the end unified by the energy, wit and intellectual adventurousness of their author... several books in one by a writer who should by rights count as several poets in one. --Patrick McGuinness, Poetry Review.

This antithesis of the slim volume bubbles and seethes with wit and polysyllabic adventurousness. --Edwin Morgan, The Scotsman.

About the Author

W.N. Herbert is a highly versatile poet who writes both in English and Scots. Born in Dundee, he established his reputation with two English/Scots collections from Bloodaxe, Forked Tongue (1994) and Cabaret McGonagall (1996), followed by The Laurelude (1998), The Big Bumper Book of Troy (2002), Bad Shaman Blues (2006) and Omnesia (2013). He has also published a critical study, To Circumjack MacDiarmid (OUP, 1992). His practical guide Writing Poetry was published by Routledge in 2010. He co-edited Strong Words: modern poets on modern poetry (Bloodaxe Books, 2000) with Matthew Hollis, and Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) with Yang Lian. Born in Dundee, he is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University and lives in a lighthouse overlooking the River Tyne at North Shields.

Twice shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, his collections have also been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, McVities Prize, Saltire Awards and Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award. Four are Poetry Book Society Recommendations.

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Glorious fun, with added Scottish testiness, rage even - the best humour always has clenched teeth. You may need to have a Scots dictionary to hand (no literary home should be without one, or at least the doughty Chambers) but this is probably less forbidding than Forked Tongue - less dour mebbe? - and it's certainly easier than learning Welsh. Not that we shouldn't try.

Eh'm mebbe bleedan in thi street
wi ma heid kickd in fur bein sae deep.
Eh'm mebbe here but fast asleep:
sae laive a message at thi beep.

But Claude Rains could have been spelt right. Testy, moi?
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