This is a selection from 300 newly discovered poems, found in the archives of the National Library of Scotland. They have never been published before. The range of subjects is extraordinary: thoughtful, provocative poems about sexuality and identity, marriage and divorce. There are comic squibs, short immediately accessible rhyming satires on the uselessness of men, the hypocrisy of the Church and the complacency of the bourgeoisie. This publication is supported by the National Library of Scotland.
HUGH MACDIARMID is the pen name of Christopher Murray Grieve (1892-1978), father of the Scottish Literary Renaissance and the greatest Scottish writer of the twentieth century. Since his death, his literary and political influence have remained incalculable. On the centenary of his birth in 1992, Carcanet launched the MacDiarmid 2000 programme, to bring into print all of his major writings.