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Robin Robertsons new collection reveals the same talent we saw in his debut, A Painted Field. His main subject is his own detached, fierce, Scottish eye: on landscape and sea, on love, sex, and violence. He uses language brilliantlydeadpan, tense, precise; unforgiving. Robin Robertsons first collection won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and really launched the Picador poetry list. It received tremendous reviews and Robin is a very well known name both as a poetry editor (at Jonathan Cape) and a poet in his own right. He is guaranteed coverage in the national press and should be very popular as a reader at festivals.
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Robin Robertson was brought up on the north-east coast of Scotland. He now lives in London. Slow Air is his second book.From Booklist:
The earliest Scottish poem that is still popular, at least among poets, is "Lament for the Makars" by William Dunbar (c.1460-c.1530), which mourns the departed bards Dunbar considered his masters and peers. The poem is a literary memento mori, or reminder of death, one of a thematic artistic type pervasive in the Middle Ages and later folk cultures, including Dunbar's--and Robertson's--Scots culture. Consciousness of mortality suffuses Robertson's poetry, which utterly lacks the compensatory gather-ye-rosebuds-while-ye-may bonhomie that the Cavalier poets injected into England's poetry. His first masturbatory "liquefaction," Robertson says, "told [him] three things," the first of which was "that sex is death." That this revelation occurred "that summer, in a field" betokens the principal leavening of dourness in his work: his economical imaging of landscape, the seasons, the weather, and also of manmade detail--the elegy for Mark Rothko, "Maroon, over Black on Red," powerfully exemplifies his way with artificial materials. Although modern and unsentimental, Robertson conjures the bleak medieval and romantic aura of the existential darkling plain and barren heath. Ray Olson
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