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Landing Light

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Don Paterson
Hailed for its "enormous skill and verve" (The Guardian), its "seriousness and moral urgency" (The Independent), Landing Light is one of the most important and resonant poetry collections to come out of Britain in recent years.

Praise for Don Paterson:

"America is in for a delightful treat now that the work of Scottish poet Don Paterson is within its easy reach. A perfect blend of light and dark humor, his poems combine the mordant with the celebratory, the sweetness of the heart with the bitter taste of experience. Most of all, he knows how to write poems in which every line is awake, every one composed with care and a billiard-player's feel for the way language can spin us subtly this way and that."--Billy Collins

"It's a long time since I've been knocked sideways by a book of poems, but the life, energy, verbal precision, and inventiveness of Don Paterson's Landing Light kept me awake at night. It changes my view of the whole landscape of British poetry for the better."—A.S. Byatt, The Guardian

"Don Paterson is fantastic. Landing Light is his new collection and you must buy it and read it. This is supple, sinewy language, fighting cliche and familiarity. Everything about this poet is good—in the mouth, in the heart, on the palms of your hands. He is tattoo and taste. Wear him, think him, read him, know him."—Jeanette Winterson

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Now in paperback, the highly acclaimed collection by Scottish poet Don Paterson, winner of the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize

About the Author

Don  Paterson
Don Paterson was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1963. He works as a musician and editor, and teaches at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Best Thought, Worst Thought, The White Lie: New and Selected Poetry and Landing Light, winner of the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize. With Charles Simic, he edited the anthology New British Poetry. Paterson lives in St Andrews, Scotland.
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  • “The US publication of this latest collection by Scottish poet Paterson is cause for celebration….What leaps out here is the passion, the musical inventiveness, and the breathtaking lyrical beauty. He is unafraid of jokes, wordplay, and resonance; and though he is smart, with a keen ear, his language is subtle and accessible.”—Library Journal, starred review
  • Landing Light is an intricate and complex work, donning a variety of dictions, devices, forms and languages…It moves forward unburdened by arrogance or desperation and with not a little well-timed humor.”—Minneapolis City Pages
  • “Verse that is synonymous with what people mean by the word ‘poetry’. Serious and quiet, Paterson’s poems urge sustained consideration of such dusty ideas as filial love and embracing one’s past.”—Flavorpill NYC
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