Don Paterson

(b. 1963)

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(1963– ),

poet and jazz musician, born in Dundee. His much‐praised first collection, Nil Nil (1993), introduced his distinctive style, mingling demotic and recondite vocabulary in tightly wrought, often oblique poems about love, families, reading, and fear of parenthood. In God's Gift to Women (1997, T. S. Eliot Prize), his lyric voice emerges in a variety of forms. Poems on various subjects (memory, relationships, etc.) are loosely connected by the structuring device of a train journey. His highly praised Landing Light (2003) also won the T. S. Eliot Prize.

Subjects: Literature.

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