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Landing Light

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  146 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
WINNER OF THE WHITBREAD PRIZE FOR POETRY 2003

Landing Light is Don Paterson's most accomplished and spiritual collection to date. In these poems, he guides us down the labyrinths of our deepest and most private concerns, pursuing the intimacy that the spoken - as well as the printed - word brings. Ceaselessly inquiring, deftly tuned into the emotional crackle of the world,
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Paperback, 84 pages
Published 2004 by Faber and Faber (first published 2003)
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Jay Green
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big poetry fan, but "Waking with Russell" brings tears of happiness to my eyes every time.
Graham Hiscock
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not an easy read - like much good poetry, it took - and repaid - effort. I preferred the shorter poems which, at best, had a directness, an emotional immediacy and clarity of vision. Read: "The Hunt", "The Rat" (not so much a poem about a rat as a poem about a poem about a rat...). I couldn't manage the scots poems to be honest. But all in all - well worth the effort.
Kris Worsley
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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.
Moira McPartlin
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-challenge
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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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?"
Timothy
My teacher. The guy who taught me what it looks like when a poem stands up and walks around. Really tight poems.
Rob the Obscure
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A talent craftsman with an uncommon intellect, deep insight, and the ability to mix this in fascinating ways with quirky humor.
Penny
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-1/2 stars

Paterson is very popular, and I do like some of his poems. In this collection I truly liked about one-third of them and moderately liked about 1/3. Some I must admit I did not cotton to at all. Among my favorites were Waking with Russell, The Gift, and Letter to the Twins. Some of the poetry is very sensual.
James
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2017
A lovely book of poetry that demanded attention and close detail. These are poems that extract beauty and reflection in the midst of tight form.
Jenny
Oct 08, 2011 marked it as partially-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/...

“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
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Jennifer
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)
Matt Hunt
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2016
Difficult to read.
I really enjoyed "The Rat" though, (http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org....) which is amusing considering its theme. Like the poet within that poem I don't understand the craft enough to enjoy the rest of the collection.
Zach
Mar 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Maria
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a difficult read but enjoyable
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Don Paterson, OBE, FRSL, (born 1963) is a Scottish poet, writer and musician.
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