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Jeff Gordinier writes about his poetry inspired trip to the Hebrides.

Something was happening, and the poem that had made it happen was ‘Luing.’ The poem, which opens ‘Landing Light’ (Graywolf Press), by a Scottish literary star named Don Paterson, pays tribute to an obscure island cradled in the bosom of the Hebrides, a negligible nugget of land ‘with its own tiny stubborn anthem.’ Luing, Mr. Paterson writes, is a place where a visitor might be ‘reborn into a secret candidacy’ and where ‘the fontanelles reopen one by one.’