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God's Gift to Women by Don Paterson

God's Gift to Women

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God’s Gift to Women was the first of two of Don Paterson’s collections to win the T.S. Eliot Prize. The ironic title alone indicates Paterson’s exploration of sexuality, lust and women. Indeed, the collection centres on human relationships in a variety of ways, whether it be the ineffable nature of love, the interchange of power, or the man accidentally filming himself masturbating to his friends (Postmodern). Paterson’s humour runs throughout the collection, but in no way undermines his delicate imagery of ‘all the clockwork of the heavens, [and] words suddenly free in the air’ (12:00: Dronley). His distinctive colloquial voice leads the diction, often written in the Scottish dialect, giving the collection a semi-autobiographical feel; and his diversity of form is merely a sample of his poetic expertise. Paterson creates a deeply probing set of poetry full of sincerity, humour and intellect, and is one of the finest poets we have the pleasure of reading.


God's Gift to Women by Don Paterson

A timely re-issue of one of award-winning poet Don Paterson's finest collections first published to great acclaim in 1997. As Don Paterson's reputation as one of the finest contemporary poets in English continues to grow we will be actively reprinting and repromoting his work into our new Faber poetry livery. 'Whisky, trains, women and stars waltz through the book, ontologically challenged.


'A terrific, intelligent, lyrical, delicate, lovely piece of work.'
A. L. Kennedy

'It is the very height of his standards that set him apart. He remains one of the best young poets around.'
John Redmond

; 'Lyrical yet austere, straight-talking but at ease with eloquence... some of the most outstanding poems published this year.
Helen Dunmore

About the Author

Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. He works as a musician and editor, and teaches at the University of St Andrews. His most recent collection, Rain, won the Forward Prize and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009.

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1st May 1997


Don Paterson

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Faber & Faber


80 pages


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