The voice of the work here is lyrical and cogent, achieved through stratagems such as intertextuality; near-translation; bilingual sensibility; classical allusion; lists; and exotic vocabulary. This is an intelligent, measured and powerfully resonant collection, with a maturity far beyond that of a poet publishing his first full collection.
As featured at the 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival.
“Peter Mackay’s Galore is mesmerising to me as a non-Gaelic speaker. To see his Gaelic and English poetry side-by-side completely helps me understand the rhythm of someone who is from the islands but is grounded and thriving in the city.
Galore is a surprising first collection because of its strength – it is full of experience and very relatable, too. It’s about being wee, at school; it’s about being aware of nature and the world; it’s about hearing and seeing love and how we react to these things.”
– Claire Halavage, Scottish Poetry Library volunteer
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