Hill of Doors
Robin Robertson
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Hill of Doors

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Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and the Costa Poetry Award
ebook, 96 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Picador USA
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So, we have arrived at Robin Robertson’s fifth collection in what seems like no time, but a swift comparison of the author photos from A Painted Field (1997) and Hill of Doors (2013) shows a metamorphosis from edgy, slightly scary-looking young man in a t-shirt to eminently respectable-looking, rather resigned gent with receding silver hair and a fetching coat and scarf. The inside front cover would have us believe that these poems contain ‘a distinct new note’ of ‘the possibility of contentment...more
According to Wendy Doniger in The Implied Spider: Politics & Theology in Myth, a dream is a private myth, a myth is a public dream, and poets are the alchemists who are able to render both for us in vivid, visceral ways. Robin Robertson in Hill of Doors, his fifth volume of poetry shows us he is master of both ends of the spectrum. He has already published a translation of Euripides Medea, and this book contains several sketches from Ovid ("The House of Envy," The Ghost of Acteon," "The Cave...more
I found this a little disappointing after having liked Swithering and The Wrecking Light so much. I didn't feel, however, that this collection took me anywhere new in terms of subject or the way the poems were written.
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