Tom Leonard

(b. 1944)

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(1944– ),

Scottish poet, performance poet, critic, essayist, and radical polemicist, born and educated in Glasgow. His free‐style, highly personal writings cover a wide range of topics, both Scottish and international, in both prose and verse, ranging from Satires and Profanities (1984) to acerbic domestic and existential meditations (Nora's Place, 1990) and the Gulf War (On the Mass Bombing of Iraq and Kuwait, 1991). He has written powerfully about the Scottish voice, in essays such as ‘On Reclaiming the Local’, and has himself made inventive and witty use of the Glasgow dialect in much of his work. Reports from the Present: Selected Works 1982–94 (1995) and Access to the Silence (Poems 1984–2004) (2004).

Subjects: Literature.

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