Sailing the Forest: Selected Poems

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Author: Robertson, Robin

Edition: First Edition

Number Of Pages: 208

Release Date: 07-10-2014

Details: Product Description A selection of poems spanning the career of a poet of the uncanny Filled with haunting and visionary poems, Sailing the Forest is a selection of the finest work from an essential voice in contemporary poetry. Robin Robertson's deceptively spare and mythically charged work is beautifully brutal, ancient and immediate, and capable of instilling menace and awe into our everyday landscape. These are poems drawn in shadow, tinged with salt and blood, that disarm the reader with their precise language and dreamlike illuminations. Robertson's unique world is a place of forked storms where "Rain . . . is silence turned up high" and we can see "the hay marry the fire / and the fire walk." Through five extraordinary collections, Robertson has captured the intangible, illusory world in razor-sharp language. "The genius of this Scots poet is for finding the sensually charged moment-in a raked northern seascape, in a sexual or gustatory encounter-and depicting it in language that is simultaneously spare and ample, and reminiscent of early Heaney or Hughes" (The New Yorker). Sailing the Forest reveals a wild-hearted poet at the height of his talents. Review “Trysts abound in Sailing the Forest, the first career-spanning gathering of poems from one of the most intriguing literary voices in Scotland . . . Robertson hasn't yet crossed over into the realm of mainstream adoration that Ireland's Seamus Heaney enjoyed among American readers, but that's probably only a matter of time . . . To put it bluntly, he writes lines that you want to read again and again.” -Jeff Gordinier, The New York Times Book Review “During the first dark days of the year, and even now as the blue predawn light slinks in a little earlier each morning, I've been savoring Robin Robertson's haunting collection. These poems are sonically rich, studded with wordplay and flickering light. Because Robertson's Scottish, he's got materials we newfangled Americans only envy. He writes about selkies, who are Celtic shape-changers; dwayberries, a kind of deadly nightshade. And like Proteus himself, he can casually remake Ovid's stories in Scottish villages that already seem older than Rome.” -Tess Taylor, NPR “Robin Robertson's Sailing the Forest is richly coloured and dense with archetypes. At nearly 200 pages, this generous selection of poems is a great introduction for anyone who believes contemporary poetry has lost its archaic power. Here are ballads, elegies, and legends that read like rites. Even if you've already discovered Robertson's dark music, this is a handsome edition to own.” -Fiona Sampson, The Independent Books of the Year “It was something of a relied to turn at times to Robin Robertson's Sailing the Forest: masses of emotional intelligence here, and grace abundant.” -Richard Holloway, The Scotsman Books of the Year “[Robertson is] prodigiously talented” -Candia McWilliam, The Scotsman Books of the Year “The poetry event of 2014 was Sailing the Forest: Selected Poems, by Robin Robertson, which affords a longer view of this supremely gifted artist. Here is passion, savagery and tenderness, all combined and all controlled within a faultless technique.” -John Banville, Irish Times Books of the Year “Sailing the Forest by Robin Robertson is a wonderfully generous selected poems. Great precision of language, limpid observation and a rare ability to make the narrative of the poems resonate evocatively. A ripple-effect that is remarkably profound.” -William Boyd, The Observer (UK) “Sailing The Forest: Selected Poems by Robin Robertson – the only words more welcome as subtitle might be All the Poems. Read it, give it, read it aloud, give it to poetry agnostics and watch them shiver, touched by the poet's tinsel, his understanding of this light and that darkness.” -Candia McWilliam, The Herald (UK) Books of the Year “Robin Robertson's bracing book offers a host of pleasures: rich and briny atmospheres, the burr and bristle of a fine ear, an eye res

EAN: 9780374255343

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New