This award-winning Scottish poet addresses the perennial obsessions of sex, drink, music and death. 'Whiskey, trains, women and stars waltz through the book
if you are wondering whether great poems are still being written, you ought to read Don Paterson's.'
Awarded the Forward Prize for the best first collection of 1993, Don Paterson's Nil Nil introduced readers to an already mature and striking poetic personality. Formally intrepid, master of a copious vocabulary, a flamboyant jokester and connoisseur of the macabre, the young writer cut an immediately distinctive dash. God's Gift to Women continues the adventure into deeper and darker territory. It includes 'A Private Bottling', which won first prize in the 1994 Arvon Poetry Competition, and a sequel to the earlier tour de force, 'The Alexandrian Library', as well as poems addressing the perennial obsessions of sex, drink, music, death and trains. A new, delicately lyrical touch is also in evidence.