Peter McCarey has just announced the completion of his monumental work The Syllabary, which comprises one short poem written for every single-syllable word in the language – 2281 short poems in all.

I wrote a review of this back in 2006, at which point he had already been working on the project for several years, so in total it has taken him more than 2 decades to complete. I’ve gone back to it regularly, and it remains one of my favourite works of hyperliterature. My impression is that it’s got funnier, pithier and more Scottish as it’s gone along. You can find it at You can find my review, now somewhat out of date, at

To celebrate the completion of The Syllabary, Peter has just published two short books of poetry, Orasho and Pogo, both of which are available from Red Squirrel Press.

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