The Park Drunk

The Park Drunk

He opens his eyes to a hard frost,
the morning's soft amnesia of snow.

The thorned stems of gorse
are starred crystal; each bud
like a candied fruit, its yellow
picked out and lit
by the low pulse
of blood-orange
riding in the eastern trees.

What the snow has furred
to silence, uniformity,
frost amplifies, makes singular:
giving every form a sound,
an edge, as if
frost wants to know what
snow tries to forget.

And so he drinks for winter,
for the coming year,
to open all the beautiful tiny doors
in their craquelure of frost;
and he drinks
like the snow falling, trying
to close the biggest door of all.


from Swithering (Picador, 2006), © Robin Robertson 2006, used by permission of the author and Macmillan Publishers

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Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson Reading from his poems

1Aberdeen

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2New Gravity

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3The Flaying of Marsyas

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4Artichoke

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5Static

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6Five Views from the Camera Obscura

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7The Flowers of the Forest

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8Apart

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9The Long home

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10False Spring

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11The Thermal Image

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13Dream of the Huntress

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14Asterion and the God

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15Wedding the Locksmith's Daughter

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16Waves

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17Hide

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18Fall

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19The Park Drunk

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20Myth

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21At Dawn

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22What the Horses See at Night

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23The Death of Actaeon

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24Swimming in the Woods

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25Ghost of a Garden

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26Selkie

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27Wormwood

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28The Glair

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29Entropy

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30Entry

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31Strindberg in London

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32A Seagull Murmur

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33La Stanza delle Mosche

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34Lizard

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35Manifest

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36The Lake at Dusk

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37Crossing the Archipelago

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39Donegal

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40Holding Proteus

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12Tryst

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38Leavings

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