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Forked Tongue

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Short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

"A weird mix of Desperate Dan, MacDiarmid and Dostoyevsky. A rare and fantastic voice to enjoy."
Fiachra Gibbons, The Guardian

W. N. Herbert is a highly versatile poet who writes both in English and Scots. Born in Dundee, he established his reputation with two English/Scots collections from Bloodaxe, Forked Tongue (1994) and Cabaret McGonagall (1996), followed by The Laurelude (1998), The Big Bumper Book of Troy (2002) and Bad Shaman Blues (2006). His other books include a critical study, To Circumjack MacDiarmid (OUP, 1992) and The Testament of the Reverend Thomas Dick (Arc, 1994). He is co-editor with Matthew Hollis of Strong Words: modern poets on modern poetry (Bloodaxe, 2000), and lives in a lighthouse overlooking the River Tyne at North Shields. Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Saltire Awards, Forked Tongue was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and a New Generation Poets title.