Kapka Kassabova

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"We get our sense of music in a language from lullabies, from baby language, from talking to dogs ... "

Ryan asks the staff of the Scottish Poetry Library which poetry books they'd recommend for seasonal gifts, and catches up with multi-talented writer Kapka Kassabova for a scintillating interview.

About those other recommendations!

Ryan recommends:

  • Grain (Picador, 2009) by John Glenday
  • All-American Poem (American Poetry Review, 2008) by Matthew Dickman
  • In the Becoming: New and Selected Poems (Polygon, 2009) by Tom Pow
  • The Darwin Poems (University of West Australia Press, 2008) by Emily Ballou
  • The Forward Book of Poetry 2010 (Faber, 2009)

Kapka recommends:

  • The Burning of the Books and Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2009) by George Szirtes
  • Opal Sunset: Selected Poems, 1958-2008 (W.W. Norton & Co.) by Clive James

Jane recommends:

  • Kin: Scottish Poems About Family (Polygon, 2009) edited by Hamish Whyte
  • Silver: An Aberdeen Anthology (Polygon, 2009) edited by Alan Spence and Hazel Hutchison

Lilias recommends:

  • The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology (W. W. Norton & Co., 2009) edited by Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland

Dave recommends:

  • Rain (Faber, 2009) by Don Paterson

Peggy recommends:

  • Natural Mechanical (CB Editions, 2009) by J O Morgan

First published 11 December, 2009