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To make a testament is to attempt to pass on what matters most In his seventh full length collection of poems Robert Crawford writes of love loss belief and commitment Whether in intimate erotic lyrics or in a sustained engagement with the politics of Scottish independe

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Versions of Cavafy or elegising fellow poet Mick Imlah or writing how a father hands on a piece of marble to his son Robert Crawford shows in Testament how poetry can communicate from generation to generation aspects of what makes us most vulnerably and engagingly human

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Nce he writes with passion wit and assurance about struggles to pass on values and treasures The book opens with a seuence of love poems and closes with ‘Testament’ a startlingly fresh gathering of deftly rhymed paraphrases based on the New Testament Whether making