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I read a novel this year, Magnus, by Mackay Brown, and it was excellent. I know he was a poet, but this is the first of his poems that I recall having seen.

Happy Epiphany!

Thanks, and the same to you.

I sort of think I've heard of Magnus. On the basis of the two poems in the anthology I mentioned, I wouldn't go far out of my way to read more--they're sort of local-Orkney-islands-color descriptive pieces. But I can imagine poems in his style but with a more philosophical-theological turn being quite good, like this one.

Yes, I second Craig's recommendation of Magnus. Its a really stunning novel. I have also read a biography of him, and he was quite the boozer.

The last sentence of the Wikipedia bit that I quoted struck me as drily funny.

Just read this in a review of his biography:

He was held in such affection by the Orkney people that his funeral in St Magnus Cathedral was the first Catholic mass to have been held there since the Reformation. Furthermore, it fell on April 16, St Magnus's Day. As the minister said: "If you call that a coincidence, I wish you a very dull life."


I remember hearing about his funeral. A lot of people I know went over for it. It sounded fantastic

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