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House of Anansi Press


Written by Robin Robertson

Published March 27, 2006 | ISBN 9780887847394
POETRY / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Cover of Swithering

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96 pages | 8.500 in × 5.500 in
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About this book


Robin Robertson

To swither means to suffer indecision or doubt, but there is no faltering in these poems. There is no uncertainty in line or sound or image, only in the themes of flux and change and transformation that thread through this powerful third collection. Robin Robertson has written a book of remarkable cohesion and range that calls on his knowledge of folklore and myth to fuse the old with the new. From raw, exposed poems about the end of childhood to erotically charged lyrics about the ends of desire, from a brilliant retelling of the metamorphosis and death of Actaeon to the final freeing of the waters in Holding Proteus, these poems are bright epiphanies of passion and loss.

About the Author

Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson is from the northeast coast of Scotland. He has published five collections of poetry and received a number of accolades, including the Petrarca-Preis, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and all three Forward Prizes. He has also edited a collection of essays, Mortification: Writers’ Stories of Their Public Shame, translated two plays by Euripides, Medea and Bacchae, and, in 2006, published The Deleted World, a selection of free English versions of poems by the Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His selected poems, Sailing the Forest, was published in 2014 by Picador and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Awards and Praise
  • Short-listed Forward Prize for Best Collection, 2006
  • Short-listed T.S. Eliot Prize, 2006