Don Paterson’s “Rain”

Today Don Paterson’s new book “Rain,” slim and buoyant, appears with this near-perfect poem:


The shudder in my son’s left hand
he cures with one touch from his right,
two fingertips laid feather-light
to still his pen. He understands

the whole man must be his own brother
for no man is himself alone;
though some of us have never known
the one hand’s kindness to the other.

Don Paterson

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More on Don Paterson
Paterson is also a jazz guitarist
read his playlist from The New York Times

Poem copyright © 2009 by Don Paterson


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