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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, powerful lyric poetry
A Painted Field by Robin Robertson is the best new book of poetry that I have read in a very long time. The poems, often about love and loss, are beautifully made and have a powerful, visceral effect - long after the book is put down. I would happily recommend this collection to anyone who is interested in poetry, language or the human spirit.
Published on 22 Aug. 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
The man who wrote the wonderful "At Roane Head" can also sometimes churn out fairly standard stuff. Not terrible, but I kinda expect more from him.
Published on 14 Feb. 2013 by john black


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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, powerful lyric poetry, 22 Aug. 1999
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A Painted Field by Robin Robertson is the best new book of poetry that I have read in a very long time. The poems, often about love and loss, are beautifully made and have a powerful, visceral effect - long after the book is put down. I would happily recommend this collection to anyone who is interested in poetry, language or the human spirit.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most exciting first collection of poetry of the 90s, 19 May 1999
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The genius of this Scots poet is for finding the sensually charged moment - in a raked northern landscape, in a sexual encounter - and depicting it in language that is simultaneously spare and ample, and reminiscent of early Heaney or Hughes. The reader is almost blinded by the incandescent authority of these poems; the heat of the language is dazzling. This is work of grave elegance, lyrical beauty and enormous power.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating, 14 Feb. 2013
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The man who wrote the wonderful "At Roane Head" can also sometimes churn out fairly standard stuff. Not terrible, but I kinda expect more from him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic stuff - really moving, 20 July 2000
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I saw Mr Robertson read his poems recently and bought his book as a result. It is not simple poetry but more than re-pays the effort. I find I can go back to poems again and again and keep finding new things in them. He is also an amazing reader! Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but I like that!, 24 Sept. 2014
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Have 'The Spanish Dancer' & 'II. Defrosting' as poems that capture the event well. Some poems are beyond me, but I like that!
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