Don Patersons most recent poetry collection, Landing Light , won the 2001 Whitbread Poetry Award, and also received the 2003 T. S. Eliot Prize making him the first poet to have won the award twice. He works as a musician and editor, teaches at the University of St Andrews, and lives in Kirriemuir, Scotland.
Poetry can bring comfort in the toughest of times, here are some suggestions for anyone searching for a fitting funeral reading to pay tribute to a loved one, taken from the Picador Book of Funeral Poems. Sometimes moving, sometimes uplifting, these short, beautiful poems will hop...
This week's Friday Poem is 'The Present' by Michael Donaghy, a sonnet that makes a perfect wedding poem, with a commentary from Don Paterson.
This poem begs to be read aloud, I think. In doing so, the repetition – of words and of rhyming sounds – takes on different shades of mournfulness. The rhymes begin to sound painful and there's a sense of feeling compelled to keep picking at a wound, of not allowing it to heal.