Rob A. Mackenzie’s latest collection of poetry, which is published by Salt, is called The Book of Revelation. The first half of the book pairs chapters from the Biblical Book of Revelation with poems inspired by them. Mackenzie was born in Glasgow. He studied law and then switched to theology then spent a year in Seoul, eight years in Lanarkshire, five years in Turin, and now lives in Leith. He is reviews editor of Magma poetry magazine and until the pandemic struck he co-organised the monthly Edinburgh live poetry event, Vespers. During the interview Mackenzie discusses why prophets usually come to bad ends, the genius of Mark E Smith, why twitter might not be good for poets and contemporary religious poetry.
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