Poetry Wales 45.3
Editor Zoe Skoulding
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<p>The latest Poetry Wales, 45.3 (Winter 2009-10) is out now!<br /><br />In this issue we bring you the second part of Nerys Williams' investigations into the long poem, in which she looks at Robert Minhinnick, John James and Gwyneth Lewis. Carol Watts describes her poetic experiments with mathematics, harmonics and...
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clwyd anthology,Dewi Roberts
Dewi Roberts
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<p>From the Airbus at Broughton to the castle at Rhuddlan; from the resorts of the coast to the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen; from the farms of the Vales to the mountains of Hiraethog; from the English of Wrexham to the Welsh of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, the county of Clwyd - the soon to disappear Clwyd - encompasses hugely...
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Gwyn Parry
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<p>A retrospective through poems and photographs of the town of Mynydd Parys, near Amlwch on Anglesey, formerly one of the largest copper mines in the world.</p>
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Cross-Talk, Siobhan Campbell
Siobhan Campbell
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<p>Acerbic, cool, controlled, Siobhán Campbell gives us poetry with attitude. Many of the stories here start in Ireland and although the cadences are sweetly lyrical, the narratives are otherwise. Politics here is intrinsic to the tales of the sly, the warped, the landlady &ldquo;Mean as Ireland in the 50&rsquo;s&rdquo;. Nature...
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Precious Asses, James Methven
James Methven
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<p>James Methven's brilliant twenty-first century variations on Catullus won the inaugural <i>Poetry Wales</i> Purple Moose Poetry Prize in 2009. 'After' Catullus they may be, but there is nothing passive in these concentrated, ingenious and ferociously funny versions. Marked by variegated obscenity and sudden...
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Berg, Hilary Menos
Hilary Menos
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<p><strong>Winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2010.</strong><br /><br />In this first collection from Hilary Menos, icebergs floating down the Thames jostle with transvestites in Singapore, aliens wading the Hudson River and the lively crew from the local slaughterhouse. We go shopping with Ingomar...
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sheenagh pugh later selected poems
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<p>A poet renowned for the clarity of her style, the originality of her subject matter, and for her erudite and spiky online presence, Sheenagh Pugh is a poet at the height of her career. This book is a companion to her popular earlier <em>Selected Poems</em>, originally published in 1990 and now a GCSE set text.&nbsp;</p...
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the tethers, carrie etter
Carrie Etter
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<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);"><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><strong>Winner of the London Festival Fringe Prize for the Best First Collection of Poetry 2010.</strong></span></span></p> <p>American expatriate Carrie Etter&rsquo;s debut...
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walford davies, suit of lights
Damian Walford Davies
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<p>The poems in Damian Walford Davies&rsquo; first full collection are fascinated by serrations of light, parodies of shadow, and all shades in between.</p><p>The bare flesh of a 1951 boxing match, luminous shirts in a country lane, surreal urban attire and the scales of a dying fish illuminate the volume with suits of light...
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Time Being, Ruth Bidgood
Ruth Bidgood
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<p><strong>WINNER OF THE ROLAND MATHIAS PRIZE 2011</strong></p><p>A Poetry Book Society Recommendation.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Time Being</em> is Ruth Bidgood&#39;s&nbsp; 10<sup>th</sup> collection in a career that spans almost 40 years. It has been said, rightly, that Bidgood...
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moonrise, meirion jordan
Meirion Jordan
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<p>Finely held moods and moments resonate throughout this unusually accomplished first book. The rich, complex history of Wales often crops up in expected, as in the post industrial imagery of &lsquo;A Camera at Senghenydd Pit&rsquo;, and then, in often unexpected contexts: &lsquo;The New World&rsquo; is a vision, a cross...
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Vuyelwa Carlin The Solitary
Vuyelwa Carlin
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<p>Known for her distinctive style that owes something to Emily Dickinson&rsquo;s brevity (and her use of the dash to denote a long pause) Carlin is a surprising and unusual voice in modern poetry.<br /><br />This fourth collection features four distinct sections: the first part includes a series of poems dedicated to two...
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long-haul travellers, sheenagh pugh
Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>Some of the journeys in this collection can be found on maps.&nbsp; But some travellers are journeying from one self to another, like those strange adventurers Murat Reis and Tristan Jones.&nbsp; Some, like Adwaitya the tortoise, have traversed time as well as space. Some travel in dreams. And the longest-haul travellers of all...
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From the interior, borkovec
Petr Borkovec
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<p>Petr Borkovec is a young Czech poet who is making a name for himself across Europe and beyond. Already translated into several other European languages including French, German and Italian, <em>From the Interior </em>is the first generous selection of his work to appear in English.</p><p>The book draws on work from...
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Welsh Retrospective
Dannie Abse
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<p>&#39;Welsh Retrospective&#39; is a selection of poems about his native Wales by one of Britain&rsquo;s most popular poets. Dannie Abse&rsquo;s Welsh and Jewish backgrounds have been essential to his writings. Wales and Cardiff, in particular, have haunted his imagination. In this revealing new book he writes movingly about...
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remains of a future city
Zoë Skoulding
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<p>&#39;These are mesmerising and unsettling poems. In an unstable world, objects speak a language of constant change. There&#39;s a split-second balance; for now the slates hold. The language is, as it needs to be, spare, tough, elegant.&nbsp;Zoë Skoulding brings cool and penetrating insights to disrupt quotidian vision.&#39...
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Blind Spots, Carol Rumens
Carol Rumens
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<p>Certain to be one of the most read and talked-about poetry collections of the year, <em>Blind Spots</em> is a masterclass of inventive, intelligent, original, and relevant modern poetry.<br /><br />A major voice in contemporary verse, Carol Rumens is admired as much for her technical brilliance as for the range,...
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other beasts, sarah corbett
Sarah Corbett
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<p>From the first sumptuous poem, &lsquo;Birthday&rsquo; where the protagonist, running at night, thinks of her body as a &ldquo;nocturnal bloom&rdquo;, the reader is immersed in the compelling voice of Sarah Corbett. From her first book, <a href="&quot;https://www.seren-books.com/product-search/p/1774/&quot;...
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Batu-Angas, Anne Cluysenaar
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<p>&quot;This book is a fascinating exploration of the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, whose independent discovery of natural selection in 1858 triggered Darwin&#39;s publication of <em>The Origin of Species</em>. Wallace made important journeys to the Amazon and Indonesia, and Cluysenaar&#39;s delicate and graceful...
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Introduction by Patrick McGuiness
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<p>This landmark publication of more than 300 poems reflects the sixty plus year publishing life of the late Leslie Norris, who died in 2007, aged 86. Norris was best known as a nature poet and elegist of passion and rare expression. Lyrical and individual, to his closely observed poems, each word weighted and in its correct place, Norris...
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qwerty, paul groves
Paul Groves
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<div>'Paul Groves is a deft storyteller, genial ironist, and brilliant portraitist. His poems are superb.'&nbsp; William Oxley</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>'Groves&acute;s style is distinctive, owing something to Larkin, not only in its politically incorrect manner and determination to call...
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Sunday at the Skin Launderette
Kathryn Simmonds
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<p>Quietly persuasive and formally adept, the poems in Kathryn Simmonds&#39; first collection engage with both the quotidian and the transcendental. Often in urban or suburban settings, her protagonists struggle with mundane tasks such as cooking or commuting or office work - all of the obstacles of modernity - and then, by some shift of...
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peter finch later selected poems
Peter Finch
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<p>A prolific, relentlessly inventive, provocative and often hilarious poet, Peter Finch has published over twenty volumes of verse, as well as prose, including the popular alternative guide books in Seren&#39;s Real... series.This selection follows his popular Selected Poems (1987) with a choice of work from books published in the past...
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Ingrid's husband, paul henry
Paul Henry
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<div>Here is a book of ghosts, from the mysterious traveller in the title poem who, mistaken for another man, starts to crave his new alter ego, to the first person of &lsquo;Between Two Bridges&rsquo;, Henry&rsquo;s long poem on Newport, who follows his teenage ghost across the city for a night:</div><div>&nbsp;...
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