Jamie made his landing in the world so hard he ploughed straight back into the earth. They caught him by the head of his one breath and pulled him up. They don’t know how it held. And so today thank what higher will brought us to here, to you and me and Russ, the great twin-engined swaying wingspan of us
Don Paterson is a Scottish poet and translator who has authored several books of poetry, including Rain (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009), Landing Light (Graywolf Press, 2004), and The White Lie (Graywolf Press, 2001). His honors include all three Forward Prizes, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. He is also the only poet to have won the T. S. Eliot Prize twice. He teaches at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.