about me

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I’m a writer from Glasgow, Scotland.

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Twitter & Instagram: @calyxpo

I edited the poetry magazine Zarf (2015-2020) and I still run its associated pamphlet press, Zarf Editions, whose online store is here.

I write about new poetry on my Substack, the second moon letters.

If you want to hire me for writing, editing, or teaching, here’s how to contact me.

POETRY:

naturally it is not.: a poem in four letters (London: The 87 Press, 2018) is a book-length poem i wrote about the wheel of the year coming loose. you can buy it here.

you can also read earlier extracts of the four letters in the following places: parts of ‘springletter’ at Amberflora and AMP; parts of ‘summerletter’ in Adjacent Pineapple 1 and 3:AM Magazine; parts of ‘autumnletter’, in Jungftak,  Datableed 7, and para.text 4; and part of ‘winterletter’ in Front Horse 2.

Nat Raha’s review: ‘The grain of language’, Poetry Review 110;1 (Spring 2020).

anthologies:

‘Love & Rage, & Rage’ in We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, ed. Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel (Nightboat Books, 2020).

a selection of work in Makar/Unmakar: Twelve Contemporary Poets from Scotland, ed. Calum Rodger (Tapsalteerie, 2019).

other poetry:

‘the faces’, Recommender Engine (October 2020).

‘leaf person’, The Hythe (August 2020).

‘school for prophets’, Pamenar Press (January 2020).

fifth letter / moonletterThe Scores 7 (Winter 2020).

five poems in the Chicago Review 62;1-3 (Winter 2018-19)

two poems in MOTE 1 (July 2018)

two poems in The Other Room Anthology #10 (2018)

the bodies trilogy (Leeds: Vesselwork Distro, 2018)

‘1.4/grid’ (in solidarity with the Save Roath Library protest) on the Poetry Wales blog (2015)

‘Abugida’ in Zone 2 (2014)

three poems in Aufgabe 11 (2012), which is now up as a Jacket 2 reissue

void!friend is another long poem i wrote between 2013 and 2016. parts of it have appeared in the following places: parts iii & xvii in Datableed 2; parts iv & v over at The Literateurparts vi & xix in Poetry Wales 52.1; and part xi at the Lehigh Valley Vanguard. you can read the whole thing here.

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CRITICISM:

I regularly write about new poetry on my substack mailer, the second moon letters.

I also published a critical book on Roland Barthes and Anglophone poetry, Poetry & Barthes: Anglophone Responses 1970-2000 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018).

A selection of other critical work:

‘Two Unerotic Sentences: A Reading of “Natural Music”‘, Futch Press (November 2020).

‘”falling awake”: Peter Manson’s Catachresis’, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry 12;1 (2020).

‘“I have heard of the end of writing”: Kristjana Gunnars and Roland Barthes’, British Journal of Canadian Studies 31;1 (April 2018), pp. 63-79.

‘The Scriptor on Holiday: “The Death of the Author” and Contemporary American Poetry’, Word and Text 7 (2017), pp. 103-115.

‘“Residence at C___”: Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Lisa Robertson Writing Cambridge’, Contemporary Women’s Writing 10;1 (2016), pp. 67-84.

in 2016 i guest-edited a special issue of Barthes Studies about Roland Barthes and poetry to which i also contributed an article about Barthes and language poetry.

and you can read some of my book reviews over at the Glasgow Review of Books – where i’ve written about AJ Carruthers, Zoë Skoulding, Daniel Canty and more – or in Hix Eros.