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The Wrecking Light

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The Wrecking Light by Robin Robertson
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Robin Robertson's fourth collection is, if anything, an even more moving, bleakly lyrical, and at times shocking book than Swithering, winner of the Forward Prize. Alongside deft translations from Neruda and Montale, and dynamic - at times horrific - retellings of stories from Ovid, the poems in The Wrecking Light pitch the power and wonder of nature against the frailty and failure of the human, their utter seriousness leavened by a wry, dry and disarming humour. Ghosts sift through these poems; certainties become volatile, and the simplest situations thicken with strangeness and threat. All of these poems are haunted by the presence and pressure of the primitive world against our own, and are written with the kind of dream-like description that has become Robertson's trademark. The Wrecking Light is a book of considerable grandeur and sweep from one of the most powerful poets at work today. `Robin Robertson continues to explore the bleak, beautiful territory that he has made his own. His stripped-bare lyricism, haunted by echoes of folksong, is as unforgiving as the weather and poems such as 'At Roane Head' show him writing at the height of his considerable powers' The Times

Author Biography

Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. A Painted Field won a number of awards, including the 1997 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award. His second collection, Slow Air, was published in 2002 and he has received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Swithering won the Forward Prize for Best Collection.
Release date Australia
February 5th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Picador
Pages
112
Dimensions
138x206x15
ISBN-13
9780330515504
Product ID
3707962

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