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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Judy Brown
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<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;.&rsquo; &ndash; The Telegraph</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Poet Judy...
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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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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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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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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
John Davies
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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
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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selected new poems john powell ward
John Powell Ward
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<p>This substantial book features poems from the five decades of John Powell Ward&rsquo;s career. It opens with early, uncollected pieces &ndash; some of which were experimental and concrete &ndash; moves on to the traditionally styled poems of the 70s and 80s and then towards a late flowering in the 90s, which features a...
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john ormond, selected poems
John Ormond
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<p>John Ormond is one of the finest of a generation of Anglo-Welsh poets which includes Dannie Abse and Leslie Norris.</p><p>This long-awaited <em>Selected Poems</em> makes a thematic selection from his long career, influenced early by his friends Dylan Thomas and Vernon Watkins. Ormond soon found his own voice,...
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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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Jean Earle
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<p><em>The Bed of Memory</em> was shortlisted for the 2002 Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award. These poems are informed by layers of memory, but never weighed down by them.</p><p>Newcomers will appreciate the accessible style and the universal themes touched upon while even those familiar with her work will...
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