Paul Groves
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<p>Following the substantial critical acclaim for <em>Academe</em>, his previous volume, Paul Groves has produced a book which surpasses even that high standard.</p><p>Its contents, whose alternating rhyme and free verse lengths are balanced precisely, explore the human condition with disarming honesty. The subjects...
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Duncan Bush
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<p>In this ambitious book of poems, Duncan Bush uses a glittering variety of voices and poetic personae. His characters include a South African ex-mercenary, a Welsh hill farmer&rsquo;s widow, a Cardiff garage mechanic, tourists, and, most memorably in his long poem sequence for two voices, &rsquo;Are There Still Wolves In...
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Robert Minhinnick
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<p><em>Hey Fatman</em> by Robert Minhinnick is full of the rich, sometimes strange, always telling, detail that we have come to expect from one of Britain&rsquo;s most compelling poets. The book opens with poems set in and around his home country of south Wales, and includes a sequence based on the history of an ancestral...
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Tim Liardet
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<p>The diverse themes and textures of Tim Liardet&rsquo;s second collection of poems, <em>Fellini Beach</em>, are intricately wrought and almost operatic in scope and intensity. The poems of section 1 are not casual, &#39;occasional&#39; poems, but dramas with atmospheric sets, peopled by mad, eccentric or...
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Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>Her characteristic wit and precision are fully in evidence in Sheenagh Pugh&rsquo;s <em>Sing for the Taxman</em>. Dedicated to the proposition that poetry must, first of all, entertain the reader, these poems give delight on first reading and pleasure upon contemplation.</p><p>A day mountain climbing inspires...
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Tony Curtis
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<p>Taken for Pearls is the vibrant and various collection of poems by Tony Curtis, published in 1993.</p><p>Included are beautiful elegies for relatives and colleagues, as well as fascinating persona poems where characters from history reveal themselves to the reader. Also featured are fine occasional lyrics inspired by domestic...
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Steve Griffiths
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<p>The poems of Steve Griffiths show a vigorous, compassionate and intelligent sensibility confronting important issues both public and private. His language ranges from the stark to the sumptuous and is tempered by humour and a keen sense of irony.</p><p>This new <em>Selected Poems</em> includes work from his three...
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Ruth Bidgood
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<p>This Selected Poems by Ruth Bidgood includes generous selections from her previous five volumes as well as a large section of new poems.</p><p>&#39;Valley-before-Night&rsquo;, a long poem about the history, inhabitants and landscape of Cwm-cyn-Nos - a &rsquo;dark valley&rsquo; in mid Wales - sets the tone for...
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Lucien Jenkins
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<p>These poems by Lucien Jenkins often have the quality of lucid dreams, for they are at once vivid and particular and charged with emotion.</p><p>In &#39;Dog&#39; the past literally hounds you; in &#39;Less&#39; the earth begins to shrink alarmingly - &quot;then it was noticed nothing had been heard from...
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Time Pieces
Paul Henry
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<p><em>Time Pieces </em>is Paul Henry&rsquo;s debut collection of poems. Clear-eyed, compassionate, and concerned, he writes movingly about members of his family and community. We meet the brisk, arrogant &rsquo;Bigwig&rsquo;, the fragile, elderly &rsquo;Audrey in Autumn&rsquo;, along with grandparents, window...
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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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Vuyelwa Carlin
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<p><em>Midas&rsquo; Daughter</em> is Vuyelwa Carlin&rsquo;s first full-length book of poems. Her short-line stanzas are studded with jewel-like images that accrue into mysterious tales or characters from myth and history. The first section of the book is devoted to poems on the theme of trees. They show a fine sympathy...
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Peter Finch
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<p>Ever wondered if there was another way of doing it? <em>Poems for Ghosts</em> takes up where Peter Finch&#39;s <em>Selected Poems</em> left off. A compendium of modernist plunder, this is no collection for lovers of the traditionally tame.</p><p>Sound poems, found poems, straight poems. hooliganism...
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Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>Here is the best of Sheenagh Pugh&rsquo;s early work: a generous and wide-ranging selection from her first four collections, together with two dozen previously unpublished pieces.</p><p>Notable inclusions are the prize-winning &#39;M.S.A&#39; and &#39;Intercity Lullaby&#39;, and the much-anthologised &#...
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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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Christopher Meredith
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<p>The most significant writer among these prizewinners &hellip; I take to be Christopher Meredith. He writes with freedom and perhaps unfashionable eloquence about alienation and doubt. So wrote Michael Hofman in the T.L.S. of the 1983-84 Gregory Award winners.</p><p>Meredith&rsquo;s first short book, <em>This</...
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Leslie Norris
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<p>Leslie Norris&rsquo;s eleventh collection of poetry is marked by his observation of the natural world. Many of the poems are concerned with the cyclical processes of nature migration, the seasons, life and death. They are written with all the sharpness of language, exactness of imagery and vivid painterly description which readers...
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Christine Evans
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<p><em>Cometary Phases</em> builds on the lyrical and unsentimental portrayal of rural life which is a feature of Christine Evans&#39; work, but includes a striking new imaginative power.</p><p>Ageing, change, the environment and the position of women are her subjects now, in poems often shot through with darkness...
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Bryan Aspden
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<p>Bryan Aspden&rsquo;s second collection crosses Western Europe in its search for individuality in the face of an increasingly bureaucratic world. In the wake of Chernobyl, the rise of consumerism and mass media, and in the breaking down of national barriers he looks to the diverse cultures of Wales, France and Spain for an affirmation...
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Immrama
Catherine Fisher
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<p><em>Immrama</em> is an old Irish word meaning &quot;voyages to islands&quot;, and many of the poems in this volume are journeys to islands of the past, to ancient sites, and into religion.</p>
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Tim Liardet, Clay Hill
Tim Liardet
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<p><em>Clay Hill </em>is Tim Liardet&#39;s first collection. It explores the collapse of the remnants of our Victorian and Edwardian past in poems of authentic atmosphere, of beautifully sustained movements and silences. More personal poems exist in this context, relieved by the poet&rsquo;s humour, and his feel for words...
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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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Flotsam, Frances Williams
Frances Williams
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<p><em>Flotsam</em> is Frances Williams&#39; first colllection. It is an exploration of the poet&rsquo;s world through word and visual image, illustrated by her paintings, drawings and collages. Like those paintings her poetry is vigorous, exuberant almost, yet controlled and thoughtful. Through her rich and visual...
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Kate Johnson
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<p><em>Gods</em> is a first collection of spare, resonant poems by a new young poet. Their language is precise, their images delicate and inventive. Many of the poems explore the richness and ambiguity of a woman&rsquo;s life, others portray rural Wales in a vivid and refreshingly direct manner.</p>
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