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Map for the Blind, A: Poems chiefly in the Scots language

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Written mostly in Scots, Rab Wilson's A Map for the Blind deals with topics ranging from satirical social commentary to sublime shots of everyday life with his characteristic wit and insight.

From a poignant reflection into the 'black hairt' of the coal industry, to a nostalgic and spirited look at classic bicycles, to wondering if anyone was listening to 'Holy Gordon's Prayer', Rab Wilson delivers a vibrant picture of Scotland which we can't fail to recognise.
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ISBN-13 9781906817824
Title Map for the Blind, A: Poems chiefly in the Scots language
Author Rab Wilson
Binding Paperback
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Author Bio RAB WILSON was born in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, in 1960. After an engineering apprenticeship with the National Coal Board he left the pits following the miners' strike of 1984/5 to become a psychiatric nurse. As a Scots poet, his work has appeared in The Herald as well as Chapman, Lallans and Markings magazines.

Rab has performed his work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the StAnza poetry festival at St Andrews, the 'Burns an a' That' Festival at Ayr, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Wickerman Festival, and many other gatherings large and small. He was 'Bard of the Festival' at Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. Additionally, Rab is a previous winner of the McCash Poetry Prize and for the past three years has been the 'Robert Burns Writing Fellow In Reading Scots' for Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association. Currently a member of the Scots Language Resource Centre's national council, Rab also sat recently on the Ministerial Advisory Group on Scots Language at the Holyrood Parliament. He is a 'weel-kent' advocate for Scots writing. He now lives in New Cumnock with his wife Margaret and daughter Rachel.
Back Cover Copy When ah saw the wark o this lassie, wha wis developin a software programme fir fowk wi a visual impairment, the penny suddenly drapt; that poems kindae duin the same joab - they make a pynt or reveal tae us a truth that aiblins we cuidnae see afore. An thon's the magic thing that poetry dis!
- RAB WILSON

Written mostly in Scots, Rab Wilson's A Map for the Blind deals with topics ranging from satirical social commentary to sublime shots of everyday life with his characteristic wit and insight.

From a poignant reflection into the 'black hairt' of the coal industry, to a nostalgic and spirited look at classic bicycles, to wondering if anyone was listening to 'Holy Gordon's Prayer', Rab Wilson delivers a vibrant picture of Scotland which we can't fail to recognise.

PRAISE FOR RAB
Rab Wilson is one of the best poets now working in Scotland. In the interest of his language,subject matter, form of address, development of style and perspective and tone, he is far more curious and willing to take risks than almost all of his contemporaries. PROFESSOR ALAN RIACH
...poetry to rival the best published in Scotland, or written by a Scot in the past 30 years. Bursting with ambition, technically brilliant and funny.SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY on Accent o the Mind
Executed with great skill and verbal energy... this venerable text is intriging, amusing and 'doonright eccentric'. PROFESSOR WILLY MALEY on The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam, in Scots
Reviews ‘Wilson’s revelling in Scots is a partly political act for him, but it's also a glorious roll in some wonderful language for his readers - words like glumshy, tattermallion and hauberkt make these poems sing and grumble and rage. The power and musicality of Scots comes to the fore in poems full of energy and passion.'
Table of Contents

poems: part one

 

Prospects

Sma Fowk

Eddie @ 90

Eddie?s Fareweel

The Art Stall: Buchanan Galleries

100 Books That Failed To Change My Life

Morrissey versus Mussorgsky

Blue Skies Thinkin

The Sycamore at Calton

Of What Does Water Sing?

Bull

Last Entry

Vandals

Love ?n? Hate

Radio, Radio?

Lorry Load o Christmas Trees

Frae the Zen o Mut Li

 

the coal

 

A Selection of the Poems written for the film documentary

Finding the Seam

The Coal

Disaster

Ghaists

The Great Stariski

 

poems: part two

 

Pure

AA Dyslexic

Single Fare

A Modest Proposal, 2010

Holy Gordon?s Prayer

The Health and Safety Man

Vote Conlabourative!

The Execution Wull Be Televised

That Wis When He Whackt Him!

Bad Day at Fraggle Rock

A Sonnet Oan Ma Birthday

Kemp?s Stane

Ahab

Hamecomin

Tony Answers to a Higher Power

Ah Met the Truth the Day

Sons o Selgovae!

Napoleon?s Gairden

Paradise Lost

Poised Languidly Upon a Coign of Vantage

Big Davie

Sang

Chuang Tzu?s Empty Boat

Villa

Visitant

Radio Phone-In

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

 

1957 flying scot

 

A Sonnet Redoubl? Elegy

 

poems: part three

 

In Memoriam: Ted Hughes

Differences

At the Funeral o Jimmy Reid

Old Song

Wee Sheila

Shairpnin Machine Picks

 

sangs oan the daith o bairns

Mahler?s Kindertotenlieder: A Scots Libretto

 

?Nun will die Sonn? so hell aufgeh?n?

?Nun seh ich wohl?

?Wenn dein M?tterlein?

?Oft denk? ich, sie sind nur ausgeganen?

?In diesem Wetter!?

Robin Hood, Robin Hood?

Gau?n?s Desk

Fiddler?s Bid

?Stridin Forrit!?

Oan Windyhill

Man With Toilet Seat Beneath His Arm

Brekdoun

Fashion Victims

Attack Frog

This Display Case Is Empty

Fairport Convention at the Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Blue Smoke

The Bladnoch Dram

Dalai Lama Dilemma

Anok Sabe?s Complaint

An Christmas Cam tae Sauchiehall Street

A Map for the Blind

BISAC Subject POETRY / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
BIC Subject Poetry by individual poets

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