Hill of Doors
A brilliant new collection from the Forward Prize winning poet
Charged with strangeness and beauty, Hill of Doors is a haunted and haunting book, where each successive poem seems a shape conjured from the shadows, and where the uncanny is made physically present. The collection sees the return of some familiar members of the Robertson company, including Strindberg - heading, as usual, towards calamity - and the shape-shifter Dionysus. Four loose retellings of stories of the Greek god form pillars for the book, alongside four short Ovid versions. Threaded through these are a series of pieces about the poet's childhood on the north-east coast, his fascination with the sea and the islands of Scotland. However, the reader will also discover a distinct new note in Robertson's austere but ravishing poetry: towards the possibility of contentment - a house, a door, a key - finding, at last, a "happiness of the hand and heart". Magisterial in its command and range, indelibly moving and memorable in its speech, Hill of Doors is Robin Robertson's most powerful book to date.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Roseredlee - LibraryThing
So, we have arrived at Robin Robertson's fifth collection in what seems like no time, but a swift comparison of the author photos from A Painted Field (1997) and Hill of Doors (2013) shows a ... Read full review