SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 TS ELIOT PRIZEShortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2013Poetry Book Society Recommendation Autumn 2012"contains poems that leave me speechless, at the same time so simple and so complicated that my words fail and only hers will do." – TLS"Burying the Wren is a major event and achievement in the poetry of these islands." – Ian Duhig"A powerful, deeply moving collection..." – John Burnside"...her language is so mesmeric... A powerful intelligence is at work in Rees-Jones's poems." – The Warwick Review"...a wintry, wide-ranging and deeply felt collection" – New Welsh Review"Burying the Wren is an accomplished collection, its emotive centre never allowed to drift clear of time and space." – Eyewear BlogIn Burying the Wren Deryn Rees-Jones returns to familiar preoccupations but with a new clarity and maturity of vision. With intense lyricism she calls on the Roethkean 'small things' of the universe -- truffles, slugs, trilobites, birds, stones, feathers, flowers, eggs -- which, mysterious, and magical as well as ordinary -- she sets up against loss. Her sequence of 'Dogwoman' poems, which draws on the work of artist Paula Rego, is an extended elegy to her late husband, the poet and critic Michael Murphy. Above all these are poems of the body, “...the blue heartstopping pulse at the wrist”, which are alive to the world and the transformative qualities of love.