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Hill of Doors by Robin Robertson
  

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Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013.

A brilliant new collection from the Forward Prize winning poet. Magisterial in its command and range, indelibly moving and memorable in its speech, Hill of Doors is Robin Robertson's most powerful book to date.

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Hill of Doors by Robin Robertson

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013.

Charged with strangeness and beauty, Hill of Doors is a haunted and haunting book, where each successive poem seems a shape conjured from the shadows, and where the uncanny is made physically present. The collection sees the return of some familiar members of the Robertson company, including Strindberg -- heading, as usual, towards calamity -- and the shape-shifter Dionysus. Four loose retellings of stories of the Greek god form pillars for the book, alongside four short Ovid versions. Threaded through these are a series of pieces about the poet's childhood on the north-east coast, his fascination with the sea and the islands of Scotland. However, the reader will also discover a distinct new note in Robertson's austere but ravishing poetry: towards the possibility of contentment -- a house, a door, a key -- finding, at last, a 'happiness of the hand and heart'.

About the Author

Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. His first collection won a number of prizes, including the 1997 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award. He recently received the 2004 E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of twenty Next Generation poets.

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Publication date

1st February 2013

Author

Robin Robertson

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robinrobertson.com/

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
96 pages

Categories

Poetry
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ISBN

9781447231547

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