Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson is from the northeast coast of Scotland. His fifth collection of poetry will be published next year. (June 2012)

  • Flayed Alive by the Bacchae

    August 26, 2014

    They would have torn us to pieces, those Bacchae.

    Instead, they turned—bare-handed—

    on our herd of grazing cattle.

    A single woman pulled a mewling calf in two,

    while others clawed apart a full-grown heifer.

    There were spread ribs and broken hooves
    flung everywhere,

    and pieces of flesh hung

    dripping from the trees.

  • The Double World of Tomas Tranströmer

    October 14, 2011

    The landscape of Tranströmer’s poetry has remained constant during his fifty-five-year career: the jagged coastland of his native Sweden, with its dark spruce and pine forests, sudden light and sudden storm, restless seas and endless winters, is mirrored by his direct, plain-speaking style and arresting, unforgettable images. Sometimes referred to as a “buzzard poet,” Tranströmer seems to hang over this landscape with a gimlet eye that sees the world with an almost mystical precision.