Issue 132: The Real World

Issue 132, The Real World, features excellent poetry, prose, critical thinking and reviews from our generous contributors.

Front cover for Edinburgh Review 132 The Real World

Cover design, David Gilchrist. Image, Gary MacKean.

Aaron Kelly, The Real World
Hence, in the demand that people are realistic, capitalism seeks to become synonymous with reality.

Wayne Price, Underworld
There was a shifting, fascinating surface to people and the things they felt and said, but underneath it all was just a stony simplicity.

Rodge Glass, Do All Things With Love
I take off my suit jacket, then my shirt, then I start looking for places this madness might be originating from.

Sarah Dunnigan, Away with the Fairies and Back Again: (re)reading Robert Kirk
The notion of being ‘away with the fairies’, in Scotland at least, cuts deeply through oral traditions.


Vona Groarke, Douglas Dunn, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Mary Wight, Iain Galbraith, David Wheatley, Rody Gorman, Robert Crawford


Wayne Price, Ciaran Carson, Rodge Glass, Colette Paul


Aaron Kelly, Thomas Legendre, Sarah Dunnigan, Leontia Flynn


W.N. Herbert on Peter McCarey, Willy Maley on Year of Open Doors, Miriam Gamble on Ryan Van Winkle, Alice Thompson on Ali Smith, Gail McConnell on Rachael Boast, Allyson Stack on Jennifer Egan, Philip Coleman on Timothy Donnelly, Nick Holdstock on Sam Meekings, Rajorshi Chakraborti on Anjali Joseph, David Coates on Ian Bell, Justin Quinn on Loseff and Cavanagh,Carole Jones on Isobel Murray, Emma Dymock on Peter McKay


    Read some recent snippets of the Review online

    Two poems from Roddy Lumsden: Women in Paintings and Tact

    Poetry from JL Williams: Pool Hall School and Time Breaks the Heart

    Frances Leviston's article questions the recent re-reading of the work of Elizabeth Bishop. Spectacle and Speculation

    David Wheatley examines the political poem today in his article, Between ‘Helpless Right’ and ‘Forced Pow’r’

    Share a bus journey in Graham Fulton's poem Blue Bag

    Our editor expounds on poetry, place and the Review itself:
    Alan Gillis: The State of the Review

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