In this, his first volume of original verse since the award-winning Landing
Light, Don Paterson is found writing at his most memorable and direct. In
an assembly of masterful lyrics and monologues, he conjures a series of
fables and charms that serve both to expose us to the unsettling forces
within the world and to offer some protection against them. Whether
outwardly elemental in their address or more personal in their direction,
these poems—addressed to the rain and the sea, to his young sons or beloved
friends—never shy from their inquiry into truth and lie, embracing
everything in scope from the rangy narrative to the tiny renku. Rain, which
includes the winner of this year's Forward Prize for the Best Individual
Poem and an extended elegy for the poet Michael Donaghy, is Paterson's most
intimate and manifest collection to date.

Don Paterson—Rain - Poems

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