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Chapman - Last Tango with Magritte

Last Tango with Magritte - Lydia Robb

Snakes & Ladders

The sun is a crimson counter
flipping its lid.
I'm on the top rung
and the hairless man
is on the bottom . . .
he's foreign to these parts.
There's a dice between his teeth;
a tattooed viper
needling up his arm.
He takes one step nearer,
executes a bow. Your move.
The symbolism may be biblical.
Heaven or Hell
I'm reaching for the light;
the inexplicable.


"Whether in Scots or English, Lydia Robb writes with a refreshingly unembroidered directness. This is an intelligent and lyrical collection – at all times rooted in the honesty of her vision."

– John Glenday

Lydia Robb does NOT dye her hair. Her lustrous black hair belies her age. Her poetry is similarly free from artificial additions. She casts a fresh, humane eye on landscapes, geographical and psychological. Her images of northern vistas resonate with accuracy and penetration and her natural poetic voice in English and Scots has a lyricism free from contrivance. Last Tango with Magritte shows her as a master of craft, an experienced poet whose talent has matured over the years. She lays unobtrusive little timebombs that cause explosions of delight and appreciation in the reader's mind. Robb’s poetry and prose are published in Chapman, two BBC and National Museum of Scotland anthologies, Present Poets. Her literary prizes include the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition 1999, short-listed for the Macallan/ Scotland-on-Sunday short story competition 1998, the Scots Language Society’s Robert McLellan & Hugh MacDiarmid silver tassies and the 1997 Northwords competition. She was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writer's Bursary in 1998.

Jun 2001, 64pp, 215 x 140 mm, pbk, ISBN-10: 0-906772-98-2 / ISBN-13: 978-0-906772-98-0 £7.70 inc p&p