The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless
'The Nine of Diamonds is so far from the usual poetry collection that it may not win prizes. But it could achieve cult status.' - Claire Crowther, Magma 67, 2017.
'Occulted, fire-warped, close-stitched in freshly butchered skin, MacGillivray's keening rant is prophecy, hot and plain. A sequence of cards dealt in the wake of shamanic seizures that happen, and happen again, only because the poet insists on their ghostly witness. Here are songs of fierce tenderness and subtle cruelty. They sting in salt like a Highland curse. I relish every breath of the fall and crush.' – Iain Sinclair on 'The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless'