Hill of Doors, Paperback



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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781447231547



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