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Description - 40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

This new collection from Don Paterson, his first since the Forward prize-winning Rain in 2009, is a series of forty sonnets. Some take a more traditional form, some are highly experimental, but what these poems share is a lyrical intelligence and musical gift that has been visible in his work since his first book of poems, Nil Nil, in 2009.

Addressed to children, friends and enemies, the living and the dead, musicians, poets and dogs, these poems display an ambition in their scope and tonal range matched by the breadth of their concerns. Here, voices call home from the blackout and the airlock, the storm cave and the seance, the coalshed, the war, the ringroad, the forest and the sea. These are voices frustrated by distance, by shot glass and bar rail, by the dark, leaving the 'sound that fades up from the hiss, / like a glass some random downdraught had set ringing, / now full of its only note, its lonely call . . .'

In 40 Poems Paterson returns to some of his central themes - contradiction and strangeness, tension and transformation, the dream world, and the divided self - in some of the most powerful and formally assured poems he has written to date. This is a rich and accomplished new work from one of the foremost poets writing in English today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571310890
ISBN-10: 0571310893
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 143mm x 11mm)
Pages: 56
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Don Paterson

Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. His previous poetry collections include Nil Nil, God's Gift to Women,Landing Light and Rain. He has also published two books of aphorism, as well as translations of Antonio Machado and Rainer Maria Rilke. His poetry has won many awards, including the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and all three Forward Prizes; he is currently the only poet to have won the T. S. Eliot Prize twice. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the English Association and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews. Since 1997 he has been poetry editor at Picador Macmillan, and he also works as a jazz musician and composer. He lives in Edinburgh.

Books By Don Paterson

40 Sonnets by Don Paterson
Paperback / softback, September 2016
$22.49 $24.99
Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets by Don Paterson
Paperback / softback, April 2012
$22.49 $24.99
Nil Nil by Don Paterson
Hardback, May 2010
$16.23 $18.03
The Fall at Home: New and Collected Aphorisms by Don Paterson
Hardback, October 2018
$34.46 $38.29