Alastair Mackie: New Collected Poems, Edited by Christopher Rush, Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 2022. 754pp+liv. ISBN 978-1-85752-091-0.
In January 2022, Aberdeen University Press (AUP) launched the New Collected Poems of Alastair Mackie, now widely recognised as the most important poet in the Scots language in the second half of the twentieth century.
The volume includes over a hundred new poems identified in Mackie’s manuscripts by Christopher Rush, a former of student of Mackie’s who has edited the volume from Mackie’s published works and previously unpublished materials.
Included are translations from the work of a wide range of Europeans poets, both classical and contemporary. Some of these are published for the first time in the ‘Translations’ section of the New Collected Poems.
This volume, along with AUP's other Alastair Mackie publication Discontinuities, will not only enhance Mackie’s already growing reputation as a poet in both Scots and English but will provide significant responses by a major Scottish poet to the cultural and political situation of Scotland in the second half of the twentieth century.
Preface to the Aberdeen University Press Edition
POEMS IN SCOTS
POEMS IN ENGLISH
Appendix I: Table of Contents of Individual Collections
Appendix II: The Scotsman Obituary