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I’m a writer from Glasgow, Scotland.

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.


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).


‘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.



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.

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