BOOK REVIEW / Paperbacks: The Faber Book of Vernacular Verse - ed Tom Paulin, pounds 9.99

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Marvellous collection of what used to be called 'dialect poetry', a term which Paulin thinks has 'the fragrance of a folk-museum' and which he extends to embrace all poets who - erotic, radical-democratic or whatever - oppose the sanitised 'normative' voice of the establishment. This ruined maid's lament gives the flavour: 'O I hae tint my rosy cheek / likewise my waste sae sma' / O wae gae by the sodger lown / the sodger did it a'.'