Midway, Duncan Bush
Duncan Bush
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<p>From the threshold of his own fiftieth year, Duncan Bush returns to the &rsquo;Fifties of his youth as a springboard from which to explore the second half of the twentieth century in ways often more autobiographical than anything we&rsquo;ve seen from his prizewinning previous collections.</p><p>A vivid series of...
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cohabitation,kate bingham
Kate Bingham
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<div><p><strong>&lsquo;Kate Bingham has a natural, conversational line that perfectly accommodates an original and truthful new voice. Her first collection is a full-bodied response to life&rsquo;s pleasure and pain.&rsquo; &ndash; Hugo Williams</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Her direct...
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The Red Wardrobe, Sarah Corbett
Sarah Corbett
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<p>A voice of considerable power and intensity emerges from the work of Sarah Corbett. She is less interested in the everyday aspects of reality than in &quot;what moves beneath the surface of my own, and others&rsquo; experience&quot;. This infuses her poems with mystery and with the intent of discovery. They resound with...
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Christmas in Wales, Dewi Roberts
Dewi Roberts
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<p>Celebrate Christmas the Welsh way in the company of some of the country&rsquo;s leading writers, past and present. Christmas mass, the nativity play, turkey and plum pudding, the Mari Lwyd, presents, the weather, the shopping and post-festive blues are among the many subjects drawn from stories, poems, diaries and letters. Wartime...
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Duncan Bush
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<p>The powerful early poems of Duncan Bush are now available in this volume incorporating his two prize-winning collections Aquarium (1983) and Salt (1985) together with several poems published in pamphlet form at the time of the 1984-85 Miners&rsquo; Strike. The author has written a brief introduction and provided notes where...
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John Davies
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<p>Rusted mining towns in the American west connect along dirt roads with the slate country of North Wales, peopled, not empty, in John Davies&rsquo; new collection.</p><p>At its heart is the sonnet sequence &rsquo;Reading the Country.&rsquo; Here tensions such as those between Welsh and English, nature and the slate...
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Hilary Llewellyn-Williams
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<p><em>Animaculture</em> by Hilary Llewellyn-Williams followed her acclaimed <em>Book of Shadows</em> (1990). Her style is intensely lyrical and imaginative but also finely controlled and tempered by a keen intelligence. This collection includes shorter lyrics as well as two fine sequences.</p><p>There are...
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Glyn Jones
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<p><br /><br /><em>Hen benillion</em> (literally &rsquo;old verses&rsquo;) are a unique form of folk poetry in Britain. Dating from the sixteenth century and earlier these short verses, or chains of verses, were composed to be spoken or sung to a harp accompaniment. They have been performed at social...
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<p>The word &rsquo;portrait&rsquo; is, to many people, evocative of those posed formal studies of the nobility adorning the walls of stately homes across Europe and beyond. Yet portraiture in its broadest sense surely encompasses all attempts at depicting the human form, character and condition &ndash; a seemingly inexhaustible...
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Peter Finch
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<p><strong>Peter Finch is reading at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on March 3rd 7.30pm Media Point Room</strong><strong> &pound;2</strong></p><p>Peter Finch&rsquo;s collection, <em>Useful</em>, is marked by all the restless energy, humour and angst that is so characteristic of this...
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Barbara Bentley
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<p>This is a remarkable first collection of poems by Barbara Bentley. Her distinctively witty voice brings us the up-to-date versions of the females of mythology.</p><p>&#39;Noah&rsquo;s Wife&rsquo; is plagued by her DIY-mad, boat-building spouse, &rsquo;Waking Beauty&rsquo; wakes from a cryogenic sleep into a...
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Frances Sackett
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<p>A stunning collection of poems beautifully written by a craftsman of words. These stories record the turning points in life, the moments which give understanding or point to a new way forward. Rich in detail, the stories are closely observed pieces of lives we recognise.</p>
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Ruth Bidgood
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<p><em>The Fluent Moment</em> is Ruth Bidgood&rsquo;s seventh collection and follows 1992&rsquo;s well-received <em>Selected Poems</em>.</p><p>Her intense response to the landscape of Powys combines with a constant curiosity about the inhabitants of the place, their histories and personalities. Yet...
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John Powell Ward
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<p>In <em>Genesis</em> John Powell Ward develops the distinctive style that made 1993&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.seren-books.com/public/products.cfm?&amp;subItemId=1747">A Certain Marvellous Thing</a> the recipient of rapturous reviews. A highly wrought and polished technique that places emphasis on...
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<p>This anthology presents the forty-six poets published by Seren in its first fifteen years. From new poets to a Nobel nominee they represent a wide range of styles and interests from a narrower geographical area, largely Wales and the borders.<br /><br />R.S. Thomas rubs shoulders with concrete and performance poet Peter Finch...
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Don Rodgers
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<p>In the title poem, the protagonist basks by moonlight, becoming paler and paler until suffused with a strange bliss, an eerie spiritual purity, for &rsquo;night&rsquo;s the time when inspiration&rsquo;s filtered through the dark / and gleams.&rsquo; The poem sets the tone for Don Rodgers&rsquo; first collection, in...
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Paul Henry
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<p>Private and public worlds collide in Paul Henry&#39;s second collection. A cast that includes, amongst others, butchers, teachers, hairdressers, mechanics and town planners sustains this poet&rsquo;s awareness of human strengths and frailties. Acutely portrayed in the moving middle sequence, where the fall from grace of an elderly...
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Desmond Graham
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<p>Significant events of the twentieth century, be they public and tragic or private and joyful, have inspired Desmond Graham to write this moving collection. The book features a number of elegies to the great poets of both world wars, including Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Ivor Gurney and Keith Douglas. These poems are evocative of the...
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Robert Minhinnick
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<p><em>Drawing Down the Moon</em> is an anthology of work from Welsh writers in 1996. Inevitably the reader will identify glaring omissions and infuriating choices here. Where are the young writers? Is there enough political writing? Has the urban muse been given its due? Such is the deliciously contentious nature of the annual...
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Jean Earle
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<p>Incidents from childhood, history, family life, the television news - these are the varied sources of inspiration in this new collection by Jean Earle. The poems are profound without being obscure; easy to read, yet working on many levels. Often written from the perspective of old age, there is a feeling of resonance, of other lives...
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Mike Jenkins
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<p>In <em>This House, My Ghetto</em> Mike Jenkins makes room for eccentric petrol pump attendants, beleaguered immigrants, odd lodgers, famous footballers and ghosts. This is not the Wales of postcards, but a very different post-modern, post-industrial landscape subject to the whims of petty bureaucrats lampooned in poems like...
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Vuyelwa Carlin
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<p>The poems in Vuyelwa Carlin&rsquo;s <em>How We Dream of the Dead</em> show the richness of diction and the piercing intensity of image that we have come to expect from this distinctive writer. The book opens with the long &#39;To You a Son, Wordless and Fair&#39; that chronicles the loving and sometimes stormy...
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Tony Curtis
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<p>War and its effects have been an enduring subject throughout the twenty-five year writing career of Tony Curtis. The resulting poetry might have been bleak but for the sensitivity with which Curtis handles the theme, and the bravery and dignity in the face of barbarism which he finds underlying conflict. Poems such as &#39;Soup&#...
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Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>A falling tortoise is a bizarre way to meet one&rsquo;s end, but it is typical of Sheenagh Pugh&rsquo;s wry humour that it finds a place in her poetry. The more humorous aspects of mortality and human frailty receive the same alert consideration as sombre subjects such as dictatorship, torture, the Dieppe raid and pollution....
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