The joy, the pain, the fear, the anger and the shame - topical and contemporary, and mostly in vibrant Scots, this is Scottish poetry at its best. Encompassing history, text messaging, politics, asylum-seeking hedgehogs and Buckfast, Rab Wilson covers the variety of modern Scottish life through refreshingly honest and often humorous poetry. "Accent O the Mind" follows on from Rab Wilson's groundbreaking translation into Scots of the Persian epic, "The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam", with a Scots translation of Horace satires. It also includes sonnets inspired by the Miners' Strike of 1984-85; poems he scribed as a Wigtown Bard; and the results of being twinned with his local MSP. This inspirational new collection consolidates Rab Wilson's position as one of Scotland's leading poets and plays a part in the reinvigoration of the Scots language in modern Scottish society.
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While working as a miner, Robert Wilson heard a quote from The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam. Intrigued, he read Edward Fitzgerald's version of it, and there began a lifelong passion. A Scots poet, he has performed his work to audiences throughout Scotland. Born in New Cumnock, Ayrshire in 1961, Rab Wilson is a former miner who now works as a psychiatric nurse. His previous work, The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam in Scots (2004), is available from Luath Press in both paperback (1 84282 046 X) and audio CD (1 84282 070 2) versions.
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