“Rain” by Don Paterson (Faber and Faber) – poetry review

016“I love all films that start with rain:
rain, braiding a windowpane
or darkening a hung-out dress
or streaming down her upturned face;

one big thundering downpour
right through the empty script and score…”

shows Don Paterson’s latest collection is up to his usual masterful standard and right as rain, particularly in the sequence in tribute to the late and much-missed Michael Donaghy.

Don Paterson’s poetic integrity is never in doubt: his skilful use of rhyme and that he clearly cares about how the poem sounds as well as what it says.  It’s rare though that he gives a glimpse of energy and passion as in “Song for Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze”, a Georgian singer which also makes a play on tba being Georgian for lake as well as demonstrating Don Paterson’s skill with a longer line,

“This I wish you as I leave Invierkeithing and Fife
listening to Trepa N for the two hundred and thirty-fourth time in my life
with every hair on my right arm rising in non-fascistic one-armed salutation
towards Natalie, Tba, my Tusja, and all the mountain lakes of her small nation…”

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