Poems by Hugh McMillan
Hugh McMillan’ s forth collection, Aphrodite’s Anorak, is an engaging mix of savagely funny poems satirizing aspects of present-day Scotland and of tender lyrics celebrating the land he loves plus postcards from abroad. He is a sharp-eyed observer of people and landscapes both at home in his native Scotland and abroad. His language is effervescent and, as befits a teacher of History, he is strong on historical perspective.
Hugh McMillan was born in 1955. He has been widely published in Scotland and abroad and translated into a variety of languages. He won the Scottish National Open Poetry Competition in 1984, and was awarded Scottish Arts Council Bursaries in 1988 and 1991. His first collection was Triumph of the Air (Envoi Poets), followed by Tramontana (dog and Bone), published in 1990. He co-operated with the artist Hugh Bryden on a postcard set of poems called ‘Horridge’ (Hugh Who? Press) which was followed by a more comprehensive Horridge published by Chapman, Edinburgh in 1994.
The World Book of the McMillans
Dear Hugh McMillan,
you have been selected by our clan computer
to receive a copy of
The World Book of the McMillans $149.95
(including unique hand painted coat of arms).
Have you ever considered, Hugh McMillan,
your family ties and heritage?
In these pages, Hugh,
you will bear witness to the heroism
and industriousness of your ancestors
and learn about the forebears
who shaped the history of the world,
like Fergus McMillan, the 8th man of Moidart,
Hector ‘Steamboats’ McMillan,
the inventor of the 12 Bore Scrotal Pump Beam,
Brian ‘Big Shuggie’ McMillan, Golf Caddie to the stars,
and many many others,
though probably not Archie McMillan
who died of silicosis
or James and Colin who drowned in the Minch,
or Straun who drank himself to death
in that corner of the Central Bar.
To bear witness to that kind of thing,
it costs a bit more.
Price £7.95 per copy post free (£5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: ‘Robert Burns having set his hand to the plough, looks back at Highland Mary’ from The Poet’s Corner by Max Beerbohm, London 1904. (Courtesy of Mrs Eva Reichman).
Publication: SUMMER 1996 (68 pages laminated paperback)