Don Paterson





Don Paterson

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Dundee, Scotland, The United Kingdom
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Don Paterson, OBE, FRSL, (born 1963) is a Scottish poet, writer and musician.


Average rating: 3.92 · 778 ratings · 89 reviews · 32 distinct works · Similar authors
Rain
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 176 ratings — published 2009 — 6 editions
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Landing Light
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 2003 — 4 editions
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101 Sonnets
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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The Book of Shadows
4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 55 ratings — published 2004 — 2 editions
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Nil Nil
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 1995 — 3 editions
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Reading Shakespeare's Sonne...
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New British Poetry
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 2004 — 2 editions
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God's Gift to Women
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1997
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The Eyes
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1999
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The Blind Eye: A Book Of La...
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2007
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“I can see exactly what not to do at the moment. No doubt through the usual process of elimination I'll arrive at my favourite strategy of total paralysis.”
Don Paterson, The Blind Eye: A Book Of Late Advice

“A poetic form is essentially a codified pattern of silence. We have a little silence at the end of a line, a bigger one at the end of a stanza, and a huge one at the end of the poem. The semantic weight of the poem tends to naturally distribute itself according to that pattern of silence, paying especial care to the sounds and meanings of the words and phrases that resonate into the little empty acoustic of the line-ending, or the connecting hallway of stanza-break, or the big church of the poem's end.”
Don Paterson

“While you spoke, it reached into the room 
switching off the mirrors in their frames 
and undeveloping your photographs;
it gently drew a knife across the threads
that tied your keepsakes to the things they kept”
Don Paterson, Rain



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