The Wrecking Light

The Wrecking Light

Book - 2011
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Robin Robertson's fourth collection is an intense, moving, bleakly lyrical, and at times shocking book. These poems are written with the authority of classical myth, yet sound utterly contemporary. The poet's gaze--whether on the natural world or the details of his own life-- is unflinching and clear, its utter seriousness leavened by a wry, dry, and disarming humor.

Alongside fine translations from Neruda and Montale and dynamic retellings of stories from Ovid, the poems here pitch the power and wonder of nature against the frailty and failure of the human. This is a book of considerable grandeur and sweep that confirms Robertson as one of the most arresting and powerful poets at work today.

Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780547483337
Branch Call Number: 821.914 R548W 2011
Characteristics: 96 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 19, 2016

Dark, subtle, sometimes viscerally arresting poems from this modern Scottish poet, about living with wounds both received and inflicted.


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