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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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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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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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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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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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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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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