* New poems from Don Paterson.
* Updated UI for new devices.
Where would you like to walk today? Words in Air is an excellent companion, and we're fortunate to have Don Paterson join us!
Dip into one of his poems and you'll want to read them all. Explore our selection from Landing Light (Faber, 2003), his brilliant, moving collection which won him the T.S. Eliot Prize, as well as the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. It opens with 'Luing', the poem which takes you '. . . to our unsung / innermost isle: Kilda's antithesis . . .'.
Aspects of Scotland's landscape, whether an isle, a loch, the light, even the wind across ice, animate Don Paterson's poems, and reveal a powerful connection between his response to the natural world and his exploration of human nature.
Words in Air invites you to enjoy a poem in the place which inspired each poet. Simply tap 'Nearest Poem' to discover the one closest to you. Not in the UK? Tap 'Surprise Me' and let us take you somewhere new! You can access all the poems in Words in Air, together with each 'About the Poet', from wherever you happen to be.
Why not meet Macdara Woods on idyllic Clare Island, in Clew Bay, off the Irish Coast and experience how 'Everything comes here / by hand / by sea and history'.
The novelist Andrew O'Hagan believes: 'In some sense, great poets are the landscape they magic into being. The place isn't quite there -- not imaginatively -- without them. Wordsworth carries the Lakes ... '.
With Words in Air, you can wander with Wordsworth across the Lake District, as well as where he lived before returning to it. See how he fuses past, present and future by singling out a rainbow, a daisy, an ancient yew tree, the evening star, and of course, 'A host, of golden daffodils'.
Poets find inspiration everywhere, from rural surroundings to intensely urban ones. Helen Mort's memorable and knowing title poem 'Division Street' is named after a street in her native city of Sheffield. Tufnell Park, north London is the setting for Carol Ann Duffy's 'Mean Time', as well as 'The Windows', two of our Poet Laureate's striking poems featured in Words in Air, from Mean Time (Picador, 2013) which won her both the Forward Prize, and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry.
Gradually, we're creating a map of inspiration which will embrace all of the UK. We hope it encourages you to explore, through the lens of great poetry, your own familiar landscape, as well as areas of the country new to you. Nearly a thousand people in fifty-six countries are now exploring the richness of our literary landscape.
Words in Air is your ever-expanding mApp of inspiration, with over 100 great poems, contemporary and classic, all in the palm of your hand. Wherever you are in the world, tap into new voices, as well as award-winning poets whose vision could inspire you to discover a new place, or get a fresh slant on a familiar one.
- May 20, 2013 Initial release
- December 28, 2013 New version 2.0.19
- January 03, 2014 New version 2.0.20
- April 16, 2014 New version 2.1.6
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- June 08, 2015 New version 2.2