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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Ruth Bidgood
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<p>A sense of mystery and mortality infuses these beautiful poems by Ruth Bidgood. Her deep engagement with the landscape and history of her part of Wales is matched by a metaphysical questioning as to the purpose and meaning of experience.</p><p>The voices that she invokes are often the &rsquo;unremembered&rsquo; ones: a...
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Frances Williams
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<p>The poems in Wild Blue are the product of a restless and inventive intelligence. Capable of ruminating with grace and flair on such diverse personalities as Isaac Newton and Elvis Presley, Williams moves confidently between the metaphysical and the modern, combining a delight in abstract ideas with sensuous physicality. This new...
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Owen Sheers
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<p><em>The Blue Book</em> is Owen Sheers&#39; first poetry collection.</p><p>From recollections of a return to Fiji, to sharper memories of an adolescence in a rural town in Wales; from dark ruminations on farm life to tender and unconventional love poems. Owen Sheers has a talent for visual imagery, a flair for...
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Catherine Fisher
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<p>The fate of an Italian icon damaged by floods, a Victorian skeleton, and a Vampire Ballet are amongst the many unusual subjects of the poems in this collection by Catherine Fisher. Lyrical grace combined with a sharp eye for imagery and a precise use of language are her hallmarks. Her themes are history, religion, and distinctively for...
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Paul Groves
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<p>Paul Groves&rsquo;s first volume confirms the promise which has marked him out as one of the most engaging poetic voices of recent years. Crystalline, deft, and exhilaratingly ironic, these poems deserve a wide audience. Those who are not already familiar with Paul Groves&rsquo;s well-crafted verse will not be disappointed by this...
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Eros and Thanatos, paul groves
Paul Groves
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<p>Sex and Death are the dominant themes of this provocative collection. With precise formal elegance and ironic flair Groves expertly dissects the angst of contemporary man. Groves&rsquo; territory is a no-man&rsquo;s land between convention and perversion: a man is driven wild by a woman putting on her clothes; a woman tries to...
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John Powell Ward
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<p>Ward&rsquo;s poems have a bracing freshness. He is extremely aware of the basis of language, of the alphabet as an abstract, symbolic and sacred presence, and he is wary of pinning down experience with it. His poems are as carefully composed for sound as music; philosophically they are open and searching. Ward stands persona and...
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<p><em>Red Landscapes</em> collects together the two major strands of Mike Jenkins&rsquo; poetry: beautiful love lyrics to his wife and family, and the radical social and political poems which spring from his socialism. Although Jenkins has written some of the best love poems of recent decades he is best known for his biting...
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Desmond Graham
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<p>The tightrope walker in the cover painting by Macke is symbolic of the author&rsquo;s point of view in this collection of poems. It is a humorous acknowledgement of the precarious position of the artist in our times, and a hint at the poet&rsquo;s predilection for balancing both personal and public concerns. The former are...
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Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>Sheenagh Pugh&rsquo;s poems continue to entertain and delight her many admirers. In <em>Stonelight</em>, her ninth collection, the keynote is celebration.</p><p>The opening section includes a moving series called &rsquo;Arctic Chart&rsquo; which commemorates the various people (and one ship) who gave...
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Medieval Welsh Erotic Poetry
Ed. Dafydd Johnston
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<p>This new, revised edition of <em>Medieval Welsh Erotic Poetry</em> contains thirty-one poems from the later medieval period. They all deal frankly with sex and sexual organs, some deliberately provocative, others self-mocking, and a few intended to shock and disgust. They are characterised by wit and inventive imagination, and...
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Tony Conran
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<p>This &#39;Collected Public Poems and Gifts&#39; illustrates the way in which the Welsh language tradition of composition for specific occasions - weddings, funerals, births, historical public events - has influenced Tony Conran for forty years. An acclaimed translator from Welsh, Conran has adopted styles, forms and genres to...
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Sean Street The Dymock Poets
Sean Street
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<p>Hardback edition will be supplied at no extra cost. as the paperback is currently out of stock.<br /><br />Shortly before the First World War a group of poets gathered in the small village of Dymock, in rural Gloucestershire, forming an interacting colony of talent. Their number included Lascelles Abercrombie, Wilfrid Gibson,...
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Deryn Rees-Jones
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<p><em>Signs Round a Dead Body</em> is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Deryn Rees-Jones&rsquo;s widely acclaimed first collection, <em>The Memory Tray</em>. Her humour, sharp technique and preoccupation with the dilemmas of women are as apparent as ever, but there is now a more intense personal focus.</p>...
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John Digby
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<p>Twenty-five surreal collages by John Digby, set in an ornate arch from the Alhambra, suggest a multiplicity of narratives and provide provocative starting points for poet Tony Curtis.</p><p>Giraffes in slings, a toppling Statue of Liberty, woolly mammoths, an enthroned bull, a monster pear and giant apple, flying fishes, a...
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John Digby
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<p>Twenty-five surreal collages by John Digby, set in an ornate arch from the Alhambra, suggest a multiplicity of narratives and provide provocative starting points for poet Tony Curtis.</p><p>Giraffes in slings, a toppling Statue of Liberty, woolly mammoths, an enthroned bull, a monster pear and giant apple, flying fishes, a...
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Paul Henry
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<p>The Milk Thief is time - as it colours the lives of the characters and relatives who feature in Paul Henry&rsquo;s new collection of poems. The first two sections of the book are set primarily against the backdrop of the Ceredigion coast in Wales. A giant turtle washed up on the beach, an encounter with the British Boomerang Champion...
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Tim Liardet
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<p>This collection dazzles with the sophisticated wit we have come to expect from this distinctive poet. Key themes recur: the opening sequence explores the many different sorts of heat -spiritual, sexual, emotional - inspired by the drought of 1995; the piano tuner himself is the almost God-like symbol of the longing for harmony that...
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