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"...wan hoor o a yallicrack, boye!"

This is so cool: Shetland poet Jim Mainland's translations of poems of Les Murray, John Milton and Miroslav Holub into Shetland dialect, as well as one of his own poems. This is a portion of the Murray poem:

I wis a slester o lowin pent, lowsin
gowd an siller, cloorin een anidder,
an endin wi a rissenin, rid-tongued aze:
wan hoor o a yallicrack, boye!

Beautiful, even though I barely comprehend the words, even after speaking them aloud.

February 12, 2014 in Books | Permalink