Don Paterson

(1963 - / Dundee / Scotland)

Don Paterson Poems

1. Why do you stay up so late? 1/12/2018
2. The Wreck 1/12/2018
3. The Rat 1/12/2018
4. Being 1/12/2018
5. The Dead 1/12/2018
6. The Lie 1/12/2018
7. Rain 1/12/2018
8. The Thread 1/12/2018
9. My Love 3/15/2012
10. Poetry 1/1/2004

Comments about Don Paterson

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

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

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  • 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.

Best Poem of Don Paterson


In the same way that the mindless diamond keeps
one spark of the planet's early fires
trapped forever in its net of ice,
it's not love's later heat that poetry holds,
but the atom of the love that drew it forth
from the silence: so if the bright coal of his love
begins to smoulder, the poet hears his voice
suddenly forced, like a bar-room singer's -- boastful
with his own huge feeling, or drowned by violins;
but if it yields a steadier light, he knows
the pure verse, when it finally comes, will sound
like a mountain spring, anonymous and serene.

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