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Slow Air [Paperback]

Robin Robertson
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22 Feb 2002
A Painted Field – Robin Robertson’s first collection – was published in 1997 to unanimous acclaim. In language both sensuous and coolly forthright, the poems in Slow Air describe the arc of loss, the search for grace, and the radiances and shadows of the natural world – the work pitching its embattled romanticism, its lyric weight, against fear, grief and erasure. Praise for A Painted Field ‘A superb debut . . . darkly chiselled poems haunted by mortality and the fragility of life’s pleasures’ Kazuo Ishiguro, Sunday Times Books of the Year ‘The best new poet in Britain is Robin Robertson’ Andrew O’Hagan, Independent on Sunday Books of the Year ‘A poetic voice of quiet yet charged maturity: lyrical and complex, transparent and gravid, it can treat both the public theme and the intensely personal with the same serenely wrought fire’ William Boyd, Scotsman Books of the Year ‘Robin Robertson is a master of the poetic line; this is wonderful work, at once muscular and delicate, ringing with a plangent, bitter music. A marvellous debut’ John Banville

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (22 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330488805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330488808
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I do feel strongly that Robin Robertson's poems are some of the best being written these days' -- Bernard O'Donaghue

'Robin Robertson is a master of the poetic line' -- John Banville

'The best new poet in Britain is Robin Robertson' -- Andrew O'Hagan, Independent on Sunday Books of the Year

About the Author

Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. His four collections of poetry have received the E. M. Forster Award and various Forward Prizes.

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Robertson set the bar pretty high with his first collection, A PAINTED FIELD, but he has produced a second that consolidates and deepens that achievement. SLOW AIR feels complete in a way that few other poetry books do: from the first poem to the last you are aware of a shaping spirit at work, and a mind wholly in tune with its expression. Just read 'Wedding the Locksmith's Daughter' to see a real craftsman at work. This is profoundly moving poetry - original, highly charged and perfectly pitched. Thrilling.
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