Nationalism, and its chum, patriotism, encourage unedifying hyperbole.
1992 'Language and Liberty', introduction to the Faber Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry.
This masculine invisibility makes gods of them, A pantheon of boots and overalls.Douglas Eaglesham Dunn
And all their lives, like that, they'll have to rush Forwards in reverse, always holding their caps.Douglas Eaglesham Dunn
Snow has begun to fall on the guilty secrets of Europe.Douglas Eaglesham Dunn
What I tell my students is there are three places where poems must happen and a poem must happen in these three places simultaneously for it to be a good poem. It happens between the ears, that's intelligence; behind the left nipple, heart and feeling; between the tongue and teeth, the noise it makes.Douglas Eaglesham Dunn