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Landing Light

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Now in paperback, the highly acclaimed collection by Scottish poet Don Paterson, winner of the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize
"Dear son, I was "mezzo del cammin
"and the true path was as lost to me as ever
when you cut in front and lit it as you ran.
See how the true gift never leaves the giver . . .
"--from "Waking with Russell"
Hailed for its "seriousne
Paperback, 84 pages
Published 2004 by Faber and Faber (first published 2003)
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May 17, 2012 Jenny marked it as partially-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry

“One morning/you hover on the threshold, knowing for certain/the first touch of the light will finish you.”

From "The Forest of the Suicides":
There it roots, and drives up through the clay // to grow into the shape of its own anguish. (p. 15)

From "A Talking Book":
...First, to those rare birds
for whom all journeyings are heavenwards,
who always wing it, mapless and alone... (p. 28)

By all means, turn the page or close the book.
But first, imagine how this world
A frustrating book. The language is clever and beautiful, especially when it startles you with prosiac modernity, but much of it seems to be about subjects of which I know nothing - meaning that many of the poems in English were no more comprehensible than those written in Scots (and the Scots at least had some translation)
Moira McPartlin
This is another five star for me. Contemporary poems, using today's vibrant sometimes quirky language and yet some felt as though they were firmly rooted in tradition. My favorite was The Black Box, for it's range and strength. But I loved them all.
Patricia Murphy
Some lovely reflective moments here.

"I post this more in testament/ than hope or warning."

"With its avian knack of mimcry, its song/ is like a loop-tape of the children it has tortured."

"What would a little pity have set you back?"
Kris Worsley
The kind of poetry has the ability to suck you in, ever so slowly, but ever so surely, and lead you into a new world of the most moving language and images. It's the kind of book you can become obsessed with.
I just remembered reading this book a few years back. Unfortunately, I can't remember much about the actual book. I think I liked it?
Despite it's spellbinding cover I felt slight disappoint when I had reached the end of this collection. A good read, mediocre at worst.
Rob the Obscure
A talent craftsman with an uncommon intellect, deep insight, and the ability to mix this in fascinating ways with quirky humor.
My teacher. The guy who taught me what it looks like when a poem stands up and walks around. Really tight poems.
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Don Paterson, OBE, FRSL, (born 1963) is a Scottish poet, writer and musician.
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