Over the years I’ve worked as editor, mostly on publications of writers I admire. Now & then for other reasons.
Here’s a sample of work as editor:
a sea story — broadside by Gael Turnbull; 1973; under the imprint byways press
a language without words — pamphlet by Cid Corman; 1974, byways press
thistle brilliant morning — pamphlet of translations from the Japanese by William J Higginson; 1974, byways press
There’s a handful of copies left of all these — if you’d like one, contact me.
The Botanical Basho — versions of classical Japanese haiku by myself, with Yushin Toda, together with poems by Ian Stephen, Thomas A Clark, Valerie Gillies, aonghas macneacail, Alan Spence & Kevin MacNeil on three plants found in the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow. Botanics Press, 2001 (some copies left at GBP £5 including postage). This has a wraparound cover image, without text, of the plant Musa basjoo by Morven Gregor
12th Night — Morven Gregor’s photo-essay on the subject; Linen Press 2003
In the dæmon series (2003 — 2007):
inside looking in 12 poems — Tom Leonard
The Safest Hiding Place — Ann Tall
it’s about this — Ian Stephen
Before & After Mallarmé — Peter Manson
superb versions of Mallarmé
Han Shan Everywhere — Larry Butler
exile / mërgimtari —Ghazi Hussein, Ayad Alhiatly, Mahmood Farzan, Shahin Memishi & others
I Am Your Spy — Mordechai Vanunu — poems by the man who blew the whistle on Israel’s nuclear weapons & was kidnapped & imprisoned for 18 years, 11 in solitary (now imprisoned again for speaking to reporters) — poems in English, Hebrew & especially commissioned & for the first time in Arabic, translations by Bouzekri Ettaouchi. Also contains a free DVD by Camcorder Guerillas, Voices For Vanunu— from the reading by Alasdair Gray, James Kelman, Tom Leonard, Liz Lochhead, Gerry Loose, & Agnes Owen, campaigning for the election of Mordechai Vanunu as Rector of the University of Glasgow. Succesful campaign.
60/60 — sixty Scottish poets’ poems on the sixtieth anniversary of the bombings at Hiroshima & Nagasaki; with a statement & poem by a survivor of the Hiroshima bomb
Ar Dùthaich — poems & prose concerning landownership in Scotland
Fight or Flight? — poems from the GalGael apprentices & the late Colin MacLeod
beyond all measure - Asmaa Khalil Abou al-Robb & Iyad Hayatleh; Arabic & English poems
All these are still available, with the exception of Exile / mërgimtari & Before & After Mallarmé (though Peter Manson may have a few of the latter left at www.petermanson.com) — just email me with your details & I’ll tell you where to send a cheque for GBP £2.50 or equivalent. Same price for each issue; includes postage.
& Botanic Press with Essence Press:
Window on the Garden by Hamish Whyte. A year-long contemplation of his Edinburgh garden. A4 folded lengthwise 25pp fuschia endpapers. Wraparound paper cover, no text, image of birch trunk by Morven Gregor.
old cooking pot under sky where I wash my hands gardening stir up
little frogs carry them to the pond where geese now argue no nothing