The Hunterian Museum Poems

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This anthology is a showcase of objects from the collection of The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow and an extended enquiry through different poems into the relations between history, evolution, medical progress and science, and the literary priorities and practices of some of Scotland's finest contemporary poets.

The book collects work by a range of very different poets, some writing in Gaelic and Scots, most writing in English, beginning with a memorable evocation of the 330-million year-old Bearsden Shark by Scotland's first Scots Makar, formerly professor of English at the University, Edwin Morgan.

Alongside Glasgow's current poet laureate Jim Carruth, eminent and award-winning poets such as Gerda Stevenson, Aonghas MacNeacail, Sheila Templeton, Gerrie Fellows, David Kinloch and Liz Niven extend the range of what poems can do as they address and consider objects vastly different in structure and value as an artificial pitch glacier, a mouse nest, a hunk of deep sea coral, the death mask of Voltaire and the 17th century map of the world.

The objects are reproduced in the book in newly-commissioned photographs to accompany the poems and take us into one of the University of Glasgow's great tresure-houses of learning, and one of the world's leading museums.

Edited by Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Poems by:
Sheena Blackhall
Gerry Cambridge
Jim Carruth
Christina De Luca
Lesley Duncan
Gerrie Fellows
Bashabi Fraser
Jane Goldman
John Glenday
Jen Hadfield
Diane Hendry
David Kinloch
Padraig MacAoidh / Peter Mackay
Aonghas MacNeacail
Richie McCaffery
Peter McCarey
James McGonigal
Edwin Morgan
Liz Niven
Donny O'Rourke
Janet Paisley
Richard Price
John Purser
Alan Riach
Alan Spence
Gerda Stevenson
Sheila Templeton
Hamish Whyte

With introductions by Mungo Campbell and Alan Riach
138 pages, flexibound, published by Freight Design