Slow Air: Poems

Slow Air: Poems

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by Robin Robertson
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780151007462
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/03/2003
Edition description:
1ST US
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.47(d)

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