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"The genius of this Scots poet is for finding the sensually charged moment - in a raked northern seascape, in a sexual or gustatory encounter - and depicting it in language that is simultaneously spare and ample." — The New Yorker

To ‘swither means to suffer indecision or doubt, but there is no faltering in these poems. Robin Robertson has written a book of remarkable cohesion and range-- from raw, exposed poems about the end of childhood to erotically charged lyrics about the ends of desire, from a brilliant re-telling of the metamorphosis and death of Actaeon to the final freeing of the waters in ‘Holding Proteus. At times somber, at times exultant, Robertson's poems are always firmly rooted in the world we see, the life we experience: original, precise, and startlingly clear.

Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland, and now lives in London. His poetry appears regularly in the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement, and he has published two previous books of poetry, A Painted Field and Slow Air. In 2004 he received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Swithering has been shortlisted for the 2006 T.S. Eliot Prize.

Synopsis:

To "swither" means to suffer indecision or doubt, but there is no faltering in these poems; any uncertainty is not in the lines or the sounds or the images, but only in the themes of flux and change and transformation that thread their way through this powerful third collection. Robin Robertson has written a book of remarkable cohesion and range that calls on his knowledge of folklore and myth to fuse the old ways with the new. From raw, exposed poems about the end of childhood to erotically charged lyrics about the end of desire, from a brilliant retelling of the metamorphosis and death of Actaeon to the final freeing of the waters in "Holding Proteus," these are close examinations of nature--of the bright epiphanies of passion and loss.

At times sombre, at times exultant, Robertson's poems are always firmly rooted in the world we see, the life we experience: original, precise, and startlingly clear.

Synopsis:

To "swither" means to suffer indecision or doubt, but there is no faltering in these poems. Robin Robertson has written a book of remarkable cohesion and range-from raw, exposed poems about the end of childhood to erotically charged lyrics about the ends of desire, from a brilliant retelling of the metamorphosis and death of Actaeon to the final freeing of the waters in "Holding Proteus." At times somber, at times exultant, Robertson's poems are always firmly rooted in the world we see, the life we experience: original, precise, and startlingly clear.

About the Author

ROBIN ROBERTSON's poetry appears regularly in the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement. He has two previously published collections of poems, A Painted Field and Slow Air. In 2004 he received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156031998
Author:
Robertson, Robin
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.28 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
To "swither" means to suffer indecision or doubt, but there is no faltering in these poems; any uncertainty is not in the lines or the sounds or the images, but only in the themes of flux and change and transformation that thread their way through this powerful third collection. Robin Robertson has written a book of remarkable cohesion and range that calls on his knowledge of folklore and myth to fuse the old ways with the new. From raw, exposed poems about the end of childhood to erotically charged lyrics about the end of desire, from a brilliant retelling of the metamorphosis and death of Actaeon to the final freeing of the waters in "Holding Proteus," these are close examinations of nature--of the bright epiphanies of passion and loss.

At times sombre, at times exultant, Robertson's poems are always firmly rooted in the world we see, the life we experience: original, precise, and startlingly clear.

"Synopsis" by ,
To "swither" means to suffer indecision or doubt, but there is no faltering in these poems. Robin Robertson has written a book of remarkable cohesion and range-from raw, exposed poems about the end of childhood to erotically charged lyrics about the ends of desire, from a brilliant retelling of the metamorphosis and death of Actaeon to the final freeing of the waters in "Holding Proteus." At times somber, at times exultant, Robertson's poems are always firmly rooted in the world we see, the life we experience: original, precise, and startlingly clear.

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