quiver, deryn rees-jones
Deryn Rees-Jones
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<p>Intended to be read from beginning to end, <em>Quiver</em> is a book-length poem - a murder-mystery - which explores the nature of creativity.</p><p>Fay Thomas, a poet with writer&rsquo;s block, becomes a murder suspect after she stumbles over the body of her husband&rsquo;s former lover, Mara, as she runs...
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selected new poems john powell ward
John Powell Ward
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<p>This substantial book features poems from the five decades of John Powell Ward&rsquo;s career. It opens with early, uncollected pieces &ndash; some of which were experimental and concrete &ndash; moves on to the traditionally styled poems of the 70s and 80s and then towards a late flowering in the 90s, which features a...
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Christine Evans
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<p>Winner of the inaugural Roland Mathias Prize, Christine Evans&rsquo; <em>Selected Poems</em> is an immensely wideranging and accomplished overview of this major poet&rsquo;s work.<br /><br />This persuasive volume by Christine Evans selects poems from her four published collections. Often set in the wind-...
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The Red Rubber Ball of Happiness, Frances Williams
Frances Williams
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<p>Frances Williams&rsquo; third collection of poetry features a cast of quirky characters: from lovers, friends and children to Andy Warhol, Courtney Love and Wilson &lsquo;Snowflake&rsquo; Bently, the first man to photograph a snow crystal. Her voice is oblique, tender, reflective, as adept at spinning unusual conceits as...
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Hilary Llewellyn-Williams
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<p>In her fourth collection of poetry, Hilary Llewellyn-Williams revisits many of her favorite themes and subjects. These lyric poems explore the natural world, the environment, and the condition of women. Llewellyn-Williams also addresses a shadowy semi-pagan interface between nature and spirituality, in which the natural world is not just...
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north by south
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<p><em>North by South</em> offers a choice selection from John Davies&rsquo; substantial body of work. From the slate quarries of north Wales to the steelworks town of his youth in south Wales to the dirt roads of the American West, the poet&rsquo;s travels through rough landscapes and his meetings with the characters who...
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Travelling to the Fish Orchards
Robert Seatter
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<p>Robert Seatter&rsquo;s debut collection is characterised by an open, highly personal tone; his style is fresh and uncluttered; his imagery charged and luminous. A love for Italy pervades the book, from a witty poem on an early language text, Living Italian (1955) to &rsquo;The Book of Milan&rsquo; series which concludes the...
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Birdsong, Dewi Roberts
Dewi Roberts
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<p>From the epic mythologies of the Mabinogion through to the present day, birds have exerted a powerful influence on the literature of Wales. This unique anthology gathers together a remarkable range of poetry and prose, illustrating the varied and multi-layered response of writers across many centuries.<br /><br />Birds are...
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Sarah Corbett
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<p>&quot;Poetry as white-knuckle ride&quot; is how <em>Poetry Wales</em> described Sarah Corbett&rsquo;s debut, <em>The Red Wardrobe</em>. Her eagerly-awaited second collection, <em>The Witch Bag</em>, is as powerful as its predecessor, and is sure to cement Corbett&rsquo;s reputation as...
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Vuyelwa Carlin
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<p>Vuyelwa Carlin has established a reputation as a highly distinctive stylist. Published internationally and instantly recognisable, her poems feature an intricate, mosaic-like technique.</p><p><em>Marble Sky</em>, her third collection, is in three varied sections. It opens with &rsquo;Bottles of Blood&rsquo...
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Paul Groves
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<p>In Paul Groves&rsquo;s fourth book, which consolidates his reputation as one of the most able and consistent poets of his generation, we encounter such unlikely stablemates as Rudolf Hess, Virginia Woolf, Dylan Thomas, and Otto von Bismarck. It ends with &rsquo;The Orthodox Chapel of St. Dyfrig&rsquo;, an anagrammatical tour...
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<p><em>In a Different Light </em>is a groundbreaking collection of work by fourteen poets writing in Dutch, many of whom have made continental reputations, yet await discovery by the English-speaking world. And there are fascinating and rewarding discoveries to be made. The tone is often conversational, and imbued with wry humour...
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Eds. Robert Schouten & Robert Minhinnick
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<p>In response to <em>In een ander licht</em>, the Dutch anthology of poems, from Wales comes <em>In a Different Light,</em> a ground-breaking collection of work by fourteen contemporary Dutch poets who have made continental reputations but who wait to be discovered in the English language. And there are fascinating,...
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Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>Lying and truth-telling are a matter of choice; our innate capacity for mendacity is the source of all story-telling. The title poem poem sets the thematic tone for this collection which explores the interface between fiction and reality.</p><p>In &#39;Fanfic&#39;, Pugh travels into cyberspace where devoted fans...
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Heavens Gate, Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
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<p>Heaven&rsquo;s Gate is the eighth collection for Seren by one of Wales&rsquo; best poets. Formally astute, subtle and persuasive in tone, evincing enviable clarity and insight, these poems address subject matter as diverse as forest fires in California, an eclipse recalled from childhood, and a World War One battlefield. Most...
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Douglas Houston
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<p>A wry, singular wit, an astringent honesty, and a virtuoso use of traditional forms characterise Douglas Houston&rsquo;s new book. At its (broken) heart is the not-uncommon crisis of the break-up of a marriage. Houston spins a sharp series of villanelles on the subject, at once poignant and merciless. This is poetry with an ironic...
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Hilary Llewellyn-Willians
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<p><em>Hummadruz</em> brings together Hilary Llewellyn-Williams&rsquo;s first two collections, the long-absent <em>The Tree Calendar</em> (1987) and <em>Book of Shadows</em> (1990). The former includes her reputation-making title sequence of poems reflecting on the Celtic calendar, in which each month...
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Peter Finch
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<p>In <em>Food</em> the multi-talented and endlessly inventive Peter Finch keenly observes the dark forces that afflict us and then relentlessly skewers them with a quick wit, or twists form to give alternative versions, inflicting a random beauty on the stale or predictable.</p><p>He fearlessly lampoons the cliches...
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Fiona Sampson
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<p>Surviving a murder attempt generates the clarity, compression and pure celebratory drive of this book&rsquo;s title sequence of fourteen syllabic sonnets. These form the spinal cord of the entire collection, from which nerve endings reach out into a dizzying range of poetic matter, while retaining the book&rsquo;s essential...
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Samantha Wynne Rhydderch
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<p>Samantha Wynne Rhydderch&#39;s intense, uncompromising style recalls the confessional poets but her vivid narratives often conjure dark personas: men on the edge of breakdown or women in the midst of ecstasy.</p><p>The poet&rsquo;s fascination with the ferocious and marginal lead her to daring risks with language. This...
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Jean Earle
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<p><em>The Bed of Memory</em> was shortlisted for the 2002 Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award. These poems are informed by layers of memory, but never weighed down by them.</p><p>Newcomers will appreciate the accessible style and the universal themes touched upon while even those familiar with her work will...
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Teaching a Chicken to Swim
Rob Middlehurst
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<p><em>Teaching a Chicken to Swim</em>&nbsp;celebrates the work of nineteen graduates of the Masters in Writing course at the University of Glamorgan, among them Maria McCann, Richard John Evans, Pamela Johnson and Dan Rhodes.<br /><br />&quot;The University of Glamorgan is immensely proud of its Masters in...
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Don Rodgers
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<p>Playful, experimental, intense, ironic, these strikingly original poems by Don Rodgers are evidence of a passionate sensibility that delights in a vocabulary as sumptuous as the gardens he writes about. A cool honesty, quiet humour and a compassionate tenderness towards his subjects are hallmarks of his style.</p>
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<p>Celebrating the current resurgence of poetry by writers under 45 in Wales, <em>Oxygen</em> is a snapshot of recently established and exciting new talent writing in both the languages of Wales.</p><p>Urban and rural, ironic and earnest, lyrical and lively, the poetry reveals there is plenty to get excited about. It...
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