"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 rangefrom 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.