6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2010
Don Paterson's first book of poems contains the seeds for the rest of his career, but in flawed terms; his usual embarassed erudition he here protests too much, and his versions or pseudo-translations (here after Rimbaud and Jorn-Erik Berglund) have far to go to his versions of Rilke's Sonnets to Oprheus and his 'Archaic Torso of Apollo' in Landing Light. It does, however, include the first (and best) part of the Alexandrian Library, continued in later collections God's Gift to Women and Landing Light. It's an obvious first collection, but it's still Don Paterson's first collection. Buy it, you fool.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2005
Better than 'God's Gift to Women'; not as good as 'Landing Light'. Sometimes I have no idea what he's going on about, though whatever he says he says beautifully.