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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571220649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571220649
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. He works as a musician and editor, and has written four collections of poems, Nil Nil (1993), God's Gift to Women (1997) - winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, The Eyes (1999) and Landing Light, which won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. Rain, his most recent collection, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2009. Find out more about Don Paterson at his own website.

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"America is in for a delightful treat now that the work of Scottish poet Don Paterson is within its easy reach. A perfect blend of light and dark humor, his poems combine the mordant with the celebratory, the sweetness of the heart with the bitter taste of experience. Most of all, he knows how to write poems in whichevery line is awake, every one composed with care and a billiardplayer's feel for the way language can spin us subtly this way and that." --Billy Collins "It's a long time since I've been knocked sideways by a book of poems, but the life, energy, verbal precision, and inventiveness of Don Paterson's "Landing Light "kept me awake at night." --A. S. Byatt, "The Guardian"

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Landing Light by Don Paterson, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry 2003: 'The most animated and animating volume of new poems I have read for years.' Times Literary Supplement

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ZPQA on 6 July 2009
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This is a great collection. It's tear-jerkingly moving and laugh-out-loud funny (no, really, I laughed out loud!) He obviously has a commitment to using ostensibly clear language in shockingly creative and productive ways. Even thinking about the title (not named after a poem) is an experience in itself; what does it mean? Landing lightly after a fall; being guided in to land safely; the light that guides you through to the dark upstairs... Indicative of collection's approach as a whole, it's playful without being pretentious, but is memorable because it is so truthful in its emotion. The two 'twin poems' "Waking with Russell' and 'The Thread' are direct, formally inventive, and intrusively private. 'The Wreck' is one of the most searingly honest poems I've read about a relationship built on the sand of passion and drunkenness, and very little else. I can't recommend this collection enough. He's the real thing: a true poet.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BF on 3 Sept. 2013
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Manages to be funny, serious, sincere and ironic all at the same time. Love the collection and love the poet himself.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Satyadaka on 15 Feb. 2013
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Though more readable than the previous collections by this extraordinarily over-praised writer, the knowing, know-it-all voice eventually wears down any goodwill generated by the formal accomplishment of the poems.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By james gould on 17 Feb. 2013
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Wonderful collection of poems, book outwardly in fantastic condition, was described as "unread " but should have said "unreadable ". Due to a printing fault much of this book's type was blurred. I was given my money back and binned the book.
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