A Dissident Voice, mike jenkins
Mike Jenkins
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<p>In his fourth collection of poems Mike Jenkins addresses issues of the greatest concern to us in the nineties. His subjects include South Africa, Chile, the Falklands War, Northern Ireland, economic dereliction, the environment and sexual oppression. The &rsquo;dissident voice&rsquo; of the title belongs to anti-nuclear campaigner...
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Invisible Times, Mike Jenkins
Mike Jenkins
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<p><em>Invisible Times </em>sees Mike Jenkins developing further the picture of working-class society in south Wales which he presented so forcefully in his previous book,<em> Empire of Smoke.</em> His use of language and dialect moves still closer to that of his subjects, and the business of their living is written...
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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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Vuyelwa Carlin
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<p>Vuyelwa Carlin has established a reputation as a highly distinctive stylist. Published internationally and instantly recognisable, her poems feature an intricate, mosaic-like technique.</p><p><em>Marble Sky</em>, her third collection, is in three varied sections. It opens with &rsquo;Bottles of Blood&rsquo...
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David Foster-Morgan
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Refreshingly innovative&rsquo; &ndash; Planet</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Masculine Happiness</em> is the provocative debut poetry collection by David Foster-Morgan. Born and based in Wales, Foster-Morgan has long been a presence in the poetry world, having...
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Masks, duncan bush
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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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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Midas' daughter, vuyelwa carlin
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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Midnight Dhaka
Mir Mahfuz Ali
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<p>&nbsp;Mir Mahfuz Ali is an exceptional new voice in British Poetry. A native of what is now Bangladesh, Mahfuz grew up during the difficult period of the early 1970&rsquo;s when the region was struck, first by a devastating cyclone, then by a particularly vicious civil war. As a boy, Mahfuz witnessed atrocities and writes about...
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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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moonrise, meirion jordan
Meirion Jordan
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<p>Finely held moods and moments resonate throughout this unusually accomplished first book. The rich, complex history of Wales often crops up in expected, as in the post industrial imagery of &lsquo;A Camera at Senghenydd Pit&rsquo;, and then, in often unexpected contexts: &lsquo;The New World&rsquo; is a vision, a cross...
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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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Mike Jenkins, Moor Music
Mike Jenkins
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<h2>&nbsp;</h2> <p><br /> In this innovative new book of poetry Mike Jenkins continues his life-long obsession with the history and fate of Wales, embodied, in this instance by both the glories of the landscape and the depredations suffered by the old industrial valleys in their years of decline. In contrast, his career...
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Simon Mundy
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<p><em>&quot;This is a book I will take with me as my companion everywhere - up high mountains, on the bus, to bed. Beautiful.&quot; </em><strong>- Bettany Hughes</strong><br /><br /><em>More for Helen of Troy</em> is suffused with the atmosphere of the landscapes that inspire the poet...
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Don Rodgers
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<p>Playful, experimental, intense, ironic, these strikingly original poems by Don Rodgers are evidence of a passionate sensibility that delights in a vocabulary as sumptuous as the gardens he writes about. A cool honesty, quiet humour and a compassionate tenderness towards his subjects are hallmarks of his style.</p>
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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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Gwyn Parry
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<p>A retrospective through poems and photographs of the town of Mynydd Parys, near Amlwch on Anglesey, formerly one of the largest copper mines in the world.</p>
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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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Regeneration, Merion Jordan
Meirion Jordan
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<p>&quot;It&#39;s an invigorating and captivating approach. I couldn&#39;t put it down&quot; <strong><em>&ndash; Poetry Review</em></strong><br /><br />&quot;...Jordan is a masterful and sensitive poet whose poems are rent with staggering insight, depth, rhythm and subtlety... As a...
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Marianne Burton
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<p>This is a startlingly good debut by Marianne Burton. Often dark, but with a sharply concise and compelling style, these poems draw you in with a &lsquo;look at this!&rsquo; urgency. This is a collection of voices: dodos and wallpaper chant obsessively, a cheese weeps for the calf whose milk it stole,&nbsp; a woman turned into...
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Martyn Crucefix
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<p><strong>&lsquo;<em>The Lovely Disciplines</em> is a fascinating grove of acutely astute observations, where life and its slant significances flit, half-hidden, among the leaves. </strong>&rsquo;<strong> &ndash; Mario Petrucci</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Careful and...
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Mara Bergman
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<p><em>The Tailor&rsquo;s Three Sons &amp; Other New York Poems</em>, the Mslexia magazine prize-winning pamphlet published by Seren, is the fruit of author Mara Bergman&rsquo;s rich memories of her childhood on Long Island and Manhattan. Now living in the UK, she looks back and assembles an appealing cast of...
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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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