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But, lone piper of the unexplained, do we need surrealism and its strange signs?
about the poem
Seth Crook writes, ' For years a neighbour had an old Trabant on his croft, crumbling away. Such vehicles were once a feature of more than a few crofts on the Isle of Mull; which often contain other oddities sharing space. There is an old oat grinder standing by the house where I live. I suppose I may have had the small stone circle at Loch Buie in mind. The question is only semi-serious. Which is a way of saying that it is seriously unserious, or unseriously serious.
Image: St Michaels Mount a la Magritte HDR by George Thomas, under a Creative Commons licence
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Roderick Watson is a Scottish poet. He wrote a critical study of MacDiarmid, whom he befriended as a student. He has written and lectured widely on Scottish literature, and served as General Editor of the Canongate Classics reprint series. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has published volumes of his own verse and has featured in periodicals and anthologies. He is a professor emeritus in English Studies at the University of Stirling. He is the guest editor of Best Scottish Poems 2014
Seth Crook taught philosophy at various universities in the US for a number of years, largely in the philosophy of mind and the theory of knowledge. Then he moved to the Isle of Mull and became devoted to poetry. As he says, he once loved the processes of reasoning that undermined ways of thinking, but now finds he also loves the processes of imagination that create them.