Aibisidh, written in Gaelic and English, is a powerful and sharp-eyed examination of the fragmentation of language and identity in our modern global age. Memories, both wry and tender, of Campbell’s native South Uist are at the core of this collection, though the poet’s eye ranges widely – from bookstalls by the Seine, to paintings in Bonn, to music played in the former USSR. Through personal invocations of love to witty political allegories, Angus Peter Campbell considers the ways in which the dissolution of certainties challenges us to discover new connections – between individuals, communities and cultures.
“Campbell is aware of the fragmentary nature of lives, memories and connections to the Gaelic language. The greatest strength of this new collection is this awareness, and the poet’s ability to resurrect history and myth, to make them sing so vibrantly that the grave is forgotten and its fragments and bones take on new shapes.” – Scottish Review of Books
“Though eloquently English they are quintessentially Gaelic in spirit, and, being rooted in the author’s own tradition, told with the conviction of a natural storyteller, they become universal.” – Northwords Now
“…a striking contemporary poet for us all.” – Stirling Observer