Don Paterson

(1963 - / Dundee / Scotland)

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Don Paterson is a Scottish poet, writer and musician.

on Paterson was born in Dundee. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 1990 and his poem A Private Bottling won the Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition in 1993. He was included on the list of 20 poets chosen for the Poetry Society's 'New Generation Poets' promotion in 1994. In 2002 he was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award.

His first collection of poetry, Nil Nil (1993), won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. God's Gift to Women (1997) won the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. The Eyes, adaptations of the work of Spanish poet Antonio Machado ... more »

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  • Romilly Hagan (10/17/2012 5:25:00 AM)

    info required about poem (The Ferrymans Arms) by don paterson

  • Nancy Caldwell (3/16/2012 5:21:00 PM)

    I just read a poem of his in the New Yorker. Wow!

  • Jason Minihane (1/21/2009 5:24:00 PM)

    No comments on Mr Paterson? ! ? ! ? ! Read this mans aphorisms, he can say more in a couple ot sentences than most people can say in a lifetime of poetry. an inspiring poet and a true genius.

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Best Poem of Don Paterson

My Love

It’s not the lover that we love, but love
itself, love as in nothing, as in O;
love is the lover’s coin, a coin of no country,
hence: the ring; hence: the moon—
no wonder that empty circle so often figures
in our intimate dark, our skin-trade,
that commerce so furious we often think
love’s something we share; but we’re always wrong.

When our lover mercifully departs
and lets us get back to the business of love again,
either we’ll slip it inside us like the host
or we’ll beat its gibbous drum that the whole world
might know who has it. Which ...

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