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.
This sonnet makes a fine wedding poem, and I wish it were more widely employed. The two meanings of 'present' are beautifully conflated in the final couplet: the gift of the lover's hand is also a tense in which one can live. The first line is a great place to slip one&...
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.
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