Hugh MacDiarmid: Selected Poetry by Hugh MacDiarmid

By Hugh MacDiarmid

This feature explores the variety of Hugh MacDiarmid's paintings, from soft lyrics derived from the Scots ballad culture to fierce polemic. A under the influence of alcohol guy appears on the Thistle and On a Raised Beach—with a whole thesaurus of its technical terms—are integrated, as are glossed Scots phrases on the foot of every web page and an illuminating memoir by means of MacDiarmid's son.

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His breath blurs and blows away in the wind. His snowman stands in our backyard. Then the game changes. He runs and, twisting in midair, he leaps and falls out full upon his back, winding his arms to make an angel, laughing, beginning to rise. Spent, he falls asleep in the snow, his arms still ready to rise. I step up to him and bend down to lift him from the shape he’s made, his image frozen in this snow, my mind. of Silence~43 44~Davis Winter Light All night through the dark the dark is falling.

On the street below your window, while you watch, no one moves, but there, imprinting the new snow, footprints appear. of Silence~27 28~Davis Driftwood Summer With boards on our backs and girls dug out of the sand, we walked miles of water and sun, following the waves. With bronzed muscles and bleached hair, we ate the air, devil-may-care to home and love. Evenings, under the moon, in the glare of driftwood flames, we sang and slept and made love on the sand. Each new day we arose, took up our boards, and went out to practice walking on water.

In the lower left-hand corner, sitting quietly beside a fallen wall, is the wife you took so long to find. The tall trees in the background, blown by wind, half-cover your father’s face. Your dog that died is sleeping under a broken bucket near the dried-up well. Your brothers are wrestling beneath the slow waters of the river. Your son’s laugh is hidden under a stone. The wind that is moving across the scene is speaking of all that you have seen, and whispering your name, your name. Dismantlements On a Hill in Crete Knossos stands on a hill like any other hill here.

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