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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Mike Jenkins
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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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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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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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Tony Curtis
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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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Tony Curtis
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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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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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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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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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