A Painted Field

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In these forty-two poems, Robin Robertson demonstrates a range of style and concerns, in a voice utterly original. Whether he is rendering a dramatic new version of Ovid ("The Flaying of Marsyas"), celebrating the ambiguous pleasures of food ("Artichoke"), or considering a British soldier's presence on Irish soil ("Jack-in-the-Green"), Robertson's poetry is always lucid, sensuous, and compelling. Here are poems that speak of the wounds of memory, the implacable coupling of desire and loss, the fugitive nature of ...
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Overview

In these forty-two poems, Robin Robertson demonstrates a range of style and concerns, in a voice utterly original. Whether he is rendering a dramatic new version of Ovid ("The Flaying of Marsyas"), celebrating the ambiguous pleasures of food ("Artichoke"), or considering a British soldier's presence on Irish soil ("Jack-in-the-Green"), Robertson's poetry is always lucid, sensuous, and compelling. Here are poems that speak of the wounds of memory, the implacable coupling of desire and loss, the fugitive nature of things. The collection ends with "Camera Obscura," an extended poetry cycle. Here Robertson counterpoints the imagined diary of the pioneering Victorian photographer David Octavius Hill with a contemporary poetic narrative of Edinburgh to portray a life in crisis and the last flowering of the Scottish Enlightenment.
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Editorial Reviews

Scotsman
A poet of rare skill and sensitivity. This is work that will stand and endure.
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"The reader is almost blinded by the incandescent authority of these poems."-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Robin Robertson is instantly recognizable as a poet of vivid authority, commanding a surprised, accurate language of his own. . . . This is a first book of extraordinary gifts and assured maturity."-W. S. Merwin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156006477
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/6/1999
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Robertson is a veteran restaurant chef, cooking teacher, and an acclaimed writer. She pens a regular column for VegNews Magazine and has written for Vegetarian Times, Health Naturally, Restaurant Business, National Culinary Review, American Culinary Federation Magazine, and Better Nutrition. She has written numerous cookbooks including the best-selling titles Vegan Planet, Vegan on the Cheap, and Quick-Fix Vegan. Robertson currently writes, promotes her books, and teaches classes on her innovative vegan cuisine from her home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where she lives with her husband and two cats. Her website is

www.robinrobertson.com

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Table of Contents

New Gravity 3
Three Ways of Looking at God 4
Advent in Co. Fermanagh 5
Static 8
Sheela-na-Gig 9
The Flaying of Marsyas 10
Storm 13
Tokens 14
Visiting My Grandfather 15
Aberdeen 17
Pibroch 18
Fireworks 19
A Show of Signs 21
Affair of Kites 22
Bale-Fire 23
In Memoriam David Jones 24
At Dusk 26
First Winter 27
Lithium 28
Retreat 29
Escapology 30
After the Overdose 31
Fugue for Phantoms 32
Ludic 33
Navigating North 34
Blowing out the Light 36
Shot 37
Hill-Fort 38
Jack-in-the-Green 40
Hands of a Farmer in Co. Tyrone 41
Feeding the Fire 42
A Decomposition 43
The Translator 44
The Spanish Dancer 45
Lakeland 46
Moving House 48
Artichoke 49
Oyster 50
Blind Man Eating Winkles 51
Silver Lake, Vermont 52
The Immoralist 53
Camera Obscura 55
Notes 87
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