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Strongly rooted in the wonders of the natural world, this collection of poems strikes a balance along the mind's boundaries, looking outward and inward. Combining a cool gaze with a precise clarity of expression, the verse is muscular and delicate, spare and musical. From "that net of birds / that moves / unloosened / under bridges at dusk" to "the sea / wrecking itself against the rocks," Robertson is a master of evocative depiction. Filled with an irrepressible zest for life, he traces the arc of loss, the ...

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Overview

Strongly rooted in the wonders of the natural world, this collection of poems strikes a balance along the mind's boundaries, looking outward and inward. Combining a cool gaze with a precise clarity of expression, the verse is muscular and delicate, spare and musical. From "that net of birds / that moves / unloosened / under bridges at dusk" to "the sea / wrecking itself against the rocks," Robertson is a master of evocative depiction. Filled with an irrepressible zest for life, he traces the arc of loss, the search for grace, and the radiance and shadows of life with a subtlety that is at once exhilarating and sensual.

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR SLOW AIR

"Each poem comes to us so cleansed of excess, so concentrated and perfectly pared down to its essence we can only wonder at the adamantine sharpness of its edges."—Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

PRAISE FOR ROBIN ROBERTSON

"Robin Robertson is instantly recognizable as a poet of vivid authority, commanding a surprised, accurate language of his own."—W. S. Merwin

"The genius of this Scots poet is for finding the sensually charged moment . . . and depicting it in language that is simultaneously spare and ample."—The New Yorker

The New Yorker
This Scottish writer and editor's second book of poems extends farther into the grim psychological territory mapped in his prize-winning début, "A Painted Field," examining the death of his father and some deeply disturbing dreams. Even more striking than Robertson's affinity for pain is his ability to tap into the uncanny, folkloric underside of nature poetry. He has the Romantic poet's way of finding a mirror for the self in the landscape: "A lift in the weather: a clemency / I cling to like the legend / of myself." Most impressive of all are poems after Rilke - Rilke's famous panther here "swings on the pivot of his numb and baffled will" -- and poems based on Greek myths, in which we find a minotaur whose maze is a "house of many corners / but only one room."
Publishers Weekly
"The beach is still bright./ The children I never had/ run to the edge" in the harsh, melancholic Slow Air carved into precise eddies by Robin Robertson. Following up on the London poet's debut A Painted Field, these lyrics aim straight for "the steady burning pilot/ light of fear behind the eyes." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780151007462
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/3/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.47 (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

Acknowledgments
Apart 3
Head Over Heels 4
Wedding the Locksmith's Daughter 5
The Language of Birds 6
Maroon, Over Black on Red 8
Nightdriving 10
The Oven Man 11
March, Lewisboro 12
Hanging Fire 18
Maryculter, 1972 19
Break 20
Raising the Paint 21
Tryst 22
Exposure 23
The Harbour Wife 24
False Spring 25
The Wood of the Suicides 26
Anxiety #2 28
Anxiety #3 29
Anxiety #5 30
The Larches of Zernikow 31
From the Jardin des Plantes 32
Itamai-San 35
The Thermal Image 36
Dream of the Huntress 38
Vanity Song 39
Asterion and the God 40
At Kaikoura 43
These Days 44
Underground 46
Dead Sheep in Co. Derry 47
The Long Home 48
Waking Late 50
Dead Wood 51
Balsam Lake, Ontario 52
Making the Green One Red 53
Sorrows 54
Waves 56
To the Island 57
Curve 58
Hide 59
Fluid 60
Natural History 61
Fall 62
Notes 63
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    Uneven, but some great poems

    One of my favorites is 'Wedding The Locksmith's Daughter' Wow. I read the poem on the Observer Online and had to have a friend buy me a copy when it released in England in 2002. Sadly, not all of the poems are up to this level. Compared to his earlier collection, A Painted Field, which I liked better, I felt the poet's sense of heaviness, hence the title huh? The poems' themes center on loss, regret and love.

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