• Inspired by the art restorer’s keen eye and by a vivid empathy for people and events, Restorations, is a journey through memory. Suffused with colour, inspired by thoughts of people and places, by artefacts and how the passage of time shifts perspectives and erodes surfaces, these poems are beautifully complex explorations, full of curiosity and the adventure of seeing and listening. Available now.

    Poetry is art
  • Abeer Ameer writes of her forebears in her first collection, Inhale/Exile. Dedicated to the “holders of these stories”, the book begins with a poem about a storyteller on a rooftop in Najaf, Iraq, follows tales of courage and survival, and ends with a woman cooking food for neighbours on the anniversary of her son’s death. Available now.

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  • Two poets confident in their own traditions meet in the hinterland between translation and collaboration - Cyril Jones from the disciplines of Welsh cynghanedd, Philip Gross from the restless variety of English verse. Their poems meet in this beautifully illustrated volume with letterpress designs by Valerie Coffin Price. Pre-order now

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John Powell Ward
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<p>In his first collection of poetry since 1984, John Powell Ward breaks new ground. These are edgy, urgent, relevant poems. The new forms are varied, radical and playful. Ward has moved from the pastoral pleasures of his last book, <em>The Clearing</em> towards a new sensibility, one concerned about the state of the world that...
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James A. Davies
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<p>Swansea and its surroundings have a literary pedigree that spans many centuries, with both native and visiting writers finding inspiration here.<br /><br /><em>A Swansea Anthology</em> features the work of a broad spectrum of writers from the established and revered such as Dylan Thomas, Leslie Norris and Harri...
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Judy Brown
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<p><strong>Shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Second Collection Prize</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Judy Brown&rsquo;s deliciously tactile Crowd Sensations ... quietly twists concrete subjects from a cricket umpire to a cockroach into unsettling new shapes, a &ldquo;mutable alphabet&rdquo;.&...
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James Dean Bradfield
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<p>James Dean Bradfield has selected his eight Desert Island Poems for the 2020&nbsp;Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival. This pamphlet gathers together&nbsp;those poems, by John Burnside, Gillian Clarke, Emily Dickinson,&nbsp;Rhian Edwards, Emyr Humphreys, Patrick Jones, John Ormond and Rabindranath&nbsp;Tagore, for those not...
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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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John Davies
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<p>Against backcloths which include Utah where he lived for a year and the Dee estuary of north Wales, his home area, Davies&rsquo; fascination with other people has sparked a diversity of forms, voices, stories. Underlying his variety, there is too an urgently sustained focus. The tension between rootedness and movement, two ways of...
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Jonathan Edwards
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<p><strong>Winner of the People&#39;s Choice Award, Wales Book of the Year 2019</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;As always Edwards&#39; writing is at once bold and sweeping whilst also managing to maintain a homely and intimate voice that feels personal​.&rsquo; &ndash; Ben Ray</strong>...
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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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In Reality, Jean Portante
Jean Portante
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<p>Jean Portante is a lyric poet, and also one who has something to say to an international audience. As a Francophone Luxemburger of Italian descent, his poetry works at the spaces between European cultures and is concerned with themes of identity, politics, language, Europe, the divide between politics and everyday life. This dual language...
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Jean Earle
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<p>This volume collects the best work from Jean Earle&rsquo;s previous books,<em> A Trial of Strength</em>, <em>The Intent Look </em>and<em> Visiting Light</em>, whilst adding to it over forty outstanding new poems.</p><p>Since her first book in 1980 (published at the age of seventy one)...
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<p><strong>&quot;This unique memoir shows the remarkable life of an ordinary man, proving that each life can be made extraordinary. Jim Neat...has had a powerful impact on the people he&rsquo;s met...something he will undoubtedly continue to do so through this book that has immortalised his unique spirit.&quot; - <em>...
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John Ormond
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<p>John Ormond (1923-1990) is one of the remarkable generation of poets born in south Wales in the early 1920s which includes Dannie Abse and Leslie Norris. A journalist on Picture Post during its heyday in the 1940s, he was a friend of fellow Swansea writers Dylan Thomas and Vernon Watkins, both of whom were key influences on a poetry of...
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John Tripp
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<p>This volume will be warmly welcomed by the many admirers of John Tripp. A well known and popular figure on the poetry scene, his untimely death in 1986 meant the loss of a &rsquo;devoted and passionate poet&rsquo;, as John Ormond calls him in the Introduction to this book.</p><p>Pithy, regretful, bitter, angry, at...
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Damian Walford Davies
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<p>A shattered Judas Iscariot &ndash; that byword for betrayal &ndash; tells his own story in Damian Walford Davies&#39; compelling and finely wrought new collection from Seren.<br /><br />We follow Judas over the course of five days as he moves through first-century Jerusalem trying to make sense of the bewildering...
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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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Jenny Lewis
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<p><strong>&ldquo;One of the most important Iraqi poets alive today.&rdquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>Dr. Abbas Khadim</em></strong></p><p><strong>&ldquo;Epic in scope, lyrical and deeply moving, this is a fascinating and powerful work, and a welcome addition to the canon of translated...
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Letter to Patience, John Haynes
John Haynes
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<h3>Winner of the 2006 Costa Poetry Award</h3> <p>Set in Patience&rsquo;s Parlour, a small mud-walled bar in northern Nigeria, at a time of political unrest, <em>Letter to Patience</em> is a vividly atmospheric book-length poem divided into cantos.</p> <p>The letter writer is in Britain, where he has...
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Judy Brown
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<p><span style="color: rgb(153, 51, 0);"><strong>SHORTLISTED FOR THE FORWARD PRIZE (BEST FIRST COLLECTION) 201</strong></span><span style="color: rgb(153, 51, 0);"><strong>1</strong></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(153, 51, 0);"><strong...
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Joanne Ashcroft, Maps and Love Songs for Mina Loy
Joanne Ashcroft
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Winner of the Poetry Wales Purple Moose Prize for 2012. Judges Zo&euml; Skoulding and John Barnie made their choice of the best short collection of poems, submitted anonymously, from extensive entry. The winner receives &pound;250, plus publication. <em>Maps and Love Songs for Mina Loy</em> is an exciting exploration of form...
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Jonathan Edwards, My Family and Other Superheroes
Jonathan Edwards
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<p><br /><strong>&ldquo;Joyful and dynamic &ndash; a collection that&rsquo;ll make you laugh and make you think&rdquo; &ndash; Costa Poetry Book Award Judges </strong></p><p><strong>Winner of&nbsp; the Costa Poetry Prize 2014&nbsp;<br />Shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh...
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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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passing through, john tripp
John Tripp
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<p><em>Passing Through</em> was John Tripp&rsquo;s first collection of poems for six years. His many admirers will be pleased to find that he has lost none of his pithiness, or his characteristic style and rhythm.</p><p>His settings are wide-ranging, from expensive restaurants, market towns, historical sites,...
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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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sea lillies, john barnie
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<p>This generous <em>Selected Poems</em> from John Barnie includes work from seven of his previous collections: <em>Borderland</em> (1984), <em>Lightning Country</em> (1987), <em>Clay</em> (1989), <em>The Confirmation</em> (1992), <em>The City</em> (1993), <em>...
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