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Monday, 3 January 2011

Makar Up As They Go Along

No one seems to know who will or should fill the inestimably vast boots of Edwin Morgan, who was the greatest living Scottish poet, when he died.  His position as Makar is now open, but as it was custom-made for him, no one else is quite right (yet) for it, and new tailorings need to be applied, it seems.  Enter the usual roll call of prize-winning names, as per The Guardian piece.  Not mentioned in the Guardian piece were Roddy Lumsden, Richard Price, John Glenday, Jen Hadfield, WN Herbert, AB Jackson, or Robert Crawford - but adding them to the list that was given, of Don Paterson, Kathleen Jamie, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lochhead, Robin Robertson, Jackie Kay, and John Burnside - shows the richness of the potential short-list.  I suspect either Dunn, Paterson or Robertson will get this, ultimately - but Herbert follows most closely in the steps of Morgan as inventive explorer.
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