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Sailing the Forest: Selected Poems

Sailing the Forest Selected Poems 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

  • Title: Sailing the Forest: Selected Poems
  • Author: RobinRobertson
  • ISBN: 9780374255343
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 everydA 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.

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    1. These are intensely felt poems with amazingly inventive and surprising language you would never have thought of on your own, but that communicates an immediately perfect sensation. The admiring review in the New York Times Book Review is well deserved, although the poems are darker than I expected.Robertson was born in northeast Scotland, and much of his poetry includes references to the wild, harsh and beautiful landscape there. But it is always connected to human affairs. There are hard times [...]

    2. Easter, LiguriaAnother day watching the ocean moveunder the sun; pines, wisteria, lemon trees.I darken this paradise like a sudden wind:olive leaves, blown on their backs, silverto razor-wire; cameras click in the wall.Everyone is going home, and I realiseI have no idea what that means.I listen to the shrieking gullsand try to remember. How long agodid I notice that the light was wrong,that something inside me is broken?Standing here, feeling nothing at all.How long have I been leaving?I don’t [...]

    3. I was a little stunned by these poems, from the muscularity and intensity, from the chosen words put together unlike any I have seen before, about the aliveness of the ocean and his country felt deep within. The overall effect is of new ideas and images that is sorely needed in these times, and that woke up parts of my brain, language and emotion centers, that have been quiescent for a while. The overall academic poems were masterful, but I appreciated more the lines in certain poems that resona [...]

    4. Ah the SOUND!!! Robertson's poems are an aural feast unlike anything I've read in modern poetry. It was an inspiration to read a poet who gives such exquisite attention to snick and snack soul sound of every word he uses. Compiled in a book like this, the effect can actually be overwhelming at times, and I also do need to point out that there are some poems here which don't belong among the other greats. Poems like "Venery" and "Wonderland" feel like throwaways to me. This is odd in that this is [...]

    5. What a marvelous collection! This was my first exposure to Robertson's poetry, and I am very impressed. Both the sea and the forest feature prominently in his works (hence the title?), but his sea poetry is especially sublime (v. "Aberdeen," "Pibroch," and "The Fishermen's Farewell"). His riff on Rilke's "Herbst" (one of my favorite poems) in "Fall" is masterful. Mining Ovid and Nonnus for inspiration, he demonstrates his classical chops in a way few contemporary poets could hope to match (v. "T [...]

    6. Un recueil beaucoup plus classique/académique/érudit que ce à quoi je m'attendais au départ. Être familier avec la littérature gréco-latine est certainement un petit plus pour le lecteur qui voudrait se lancer dans la lecture de cet ouvrage. Je suis même certain que de petites merveilles stylistiques se cachent du côté de la scansion et de la métrique si on pousse l'analyse des poèmes un peu plus loin (avis aux amoureux du trimètre iambique et autres tétramètres trochaïques).En m [...]

    7. A lyric, deeply moving muscular powerhouse of a collection. Robertson's poems are filled with with deeply vivid emotional and physical landscapes, interspersed with mythos and tales far off the paved portions of the Scottish experience. There are books that are so wonderful that they center and transport a reader at the same time, and this is one of them. Highly recommended.

    8. Robin Robertson is an extraordinarily talented poet, a master of the physical detail which can switch an emotional state in a heartbeat. He seems to be gifted with an almost preternatural sense of proportion married to vividness, such that his work neither reads as too arch nor too prosaic. It's a very difficult balance to strike.This, a retrospective of 20+ years of his work is a fine representative compilation. His early, horrifying "The Flaying of Marsyas" is here, as is my favourite of his p [...]

    9. Wanted to read the poetry of the man who got Irvine Welsh out of the slush pile. Not bad, but not much good either. Has strong similarities to the work of Ian Hamilton.Did like 'Sorrows', 'Waves' and 'Beginning to Green' however.

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