- Author: Don Paterson
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Published: 05 January 2012
- ISBN: 9780330456876
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In our deepest grief we still turn instinctively to poetry for solace. These poems, drawn from many different ages and cultures, remind us that the experience of parting is a timelessly human one: however alone the loss of a loved one leaves us, our mourning is also something that deeply unites us; these poems of parting and passing, of sorrow and healing, will find a deep echo within those who find themselves dealing with grief or bereavement. Whatever our loss, it is assuaged in finding a voice and whether that voice is one of private remembrance or public memorial, The Picador Book of Funeral Poems will help you towards it.
Don Paterson was born in 1963 in Dundee. His collections of poetry are Nil Nil, God's Gift to Women, The Eyes, Landing Light, Orpheus (a version of Rilke's Die Sonette an Orpheus) and Rain. His poetry has won a number of awards, including the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, and the T S Eliot Prize on two occasions. Most recently, Rain won the 2009 Forward prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the English Association; he received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.