Monday, April 30, 2007

The Bimbo has Landed:Press Release


Hugh McMillan’s fourth full collection ‘Strange Bamboo’ is about to be released by Shoestring Press. This book reveals him as one of Scotland’s sharpest and most accessible talents. His subject matter ranges from the local to the universal but all is observed with clarity, an unsentimental compassion and, often, a rollicking sense of fun.
Much modern poetry is portentous and self-consciously clever. McMillan’s is, as Robert Nye once pointed out, “ a breath of fresh air.”

“McMillan is unique in the angle and tone of his attack on the familiar.” Ian Duhig

Out of the Way

Lydia has pink sandals
and butterfly clips:
it’s sunny in the gardens,
the grass tiger stripes,

the news only a distant wheeze
from a kitchen radio,
drowned by bees,
a breeze, the birdsong.

This is why we’re here:
nothing to worry over
but tumbles on soft lawns,
that and the vicious roar

of fighter bombers, spinning
like needles over garden sheds,
practising pitching bombs
on babies’ heads.

Strange Bamboo ISBN-13 978 1 904886 51 8 £8.95 from Shoestring Press

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