A Painted Field

A Painted Field

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In these forty-two poems, Robin Robertson demonstrates a range of style and concerns, in a voice utterly original. Whether he is rendering a dramatic new version of Ovid ("The Flaying of Marsyas"), celebrating the ambiguous pleasures of food ("Artichoke"), or considering a British soldier's presence on Irish soil ("Jack-in-the-Green"), Robertson's poetry is always lucid, sensuous, and compelling. Here are poems that speak of the wounds of memory, the implacable coupling of desire and loss, the fugitive nature of things. The collection ends with "Camera Obscura, " an extended poetry cycle. Here Robertson counterpoints the imagined diary of the pioneering Victorian photographer David Octavius Hill with a contemporary poetic narrative of Edinburgh to portray a life in crisis and the last flowering of the Scottish Enlightenment.
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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0151003661
  • 9780151003662

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"The reader is almost blinded by the incandescent authority of these poems."-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Robin Robertson is instantly recognizable as a poet of vivid authority, commanding a surprised, accurate language of his own. . . . This is a first book of extraordinary gifts and assured maturity."-W. S. Merwin
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