Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>A falling tortoise is a bizarre way to meet one&rsquo;s end, but it is typical of Sheenagh Pugh&rsquo;s wry humour that it finds a place in her poetry. The more humorous aspects of mortality and human frailty receive the same alert consideration as sombre subjects such as dictatorship, torture, the Dieppe raid and pollution....
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Civilised Airs, Steve Griffiths
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<p>Steve Griffiths is one of very few English language poets to come out of Anglesey. <em>Civilised Airs</em> divides into poems of love and those of social concern. The former show a delicacy and tenderness in the personal world of the poet, the latter a controlled anger at the position of fragile human beings in a hard and...
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Cross-Talk, Siobhan Campbell
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<p>Acerbic, cool, controlled, Siobhán Campbell gives us poetry with attitude. Many of the stories here start in Ireland and although the cadences are sweetly lyrical, the narratives are otherwise. Politics here is intrinsic to the tales of the sly, the warped, the landlady &ldquo;Mean as Ireland in the 50&rsquo;s&rdquo;. Nature...
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Siobhán Campbell
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<p>There is a beautiful ruthlessness to the poetry of Siobhán Campbell. Her new collection, <em>Heat Signature</em>, from Seren, is composed in her characteristically spikey voice: infused with an intelligence that resists easy answers to the conundrums that have faced her Irish homeland, but also suffused with a grudging...
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Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>A subtle and adept technique, combined with a sharp wit, keen eye and pointed sense of humour, creates poems of memorable cadence and theme.<br /><br />The title is taken from the remnants of a sign outside a hospital, now closed, that features in the moving reminiscences of an elderly passenger on a bus. Other poems invoke...
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long-haul travellers, sheenagh pugh
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<p>Some of the journeys in this collection can be found on maps.&nbsp; But some travellers are journeying from one self to another, like those strange adventurers Murat Reis and Tristan Jones.&nbsp; Some, like Adwaitya the tortoise, have traversed time as well as space. Some travel in dreams. And the longest-haul travellers of all...
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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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other beasts, sarah corbett
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<p>From the first sumptuous poem, &lsquo;Birthday&rsquo; where the protagonist, running at night, thinks of her body as a &ldquo;nocturnal bloom&rdquo;, the reader is immersed in the compelling voice of Sarah Corbett. From her first book, <a href="&quot;https://www.seren-books.com/product-search/p/1774/&quot;...
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Samantha Wynne Rhydderch
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<p>Samantha Wynne Rhydderch&#39;s intense, uncompromising style recalls the confessional poets but her vivid narratives often conjure dark personas: men on the edge of breakdown or women in the midst of ecstasy.</p><p>The poet&rsquo;s fascination with the ferocious and marginal lead her to daring risks with language. This...
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Robert Walton
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<p>The poems in Robert Walton&rsquo;s <em>Sax Burglar Blues</em> range from vivid memories of childhood, such as&nbsp; &lsquo;Twm Siôn Cati&rsquo; where a teacher &lsquo;wiry-haired, fierce-eyed&rsquo; brings a fictional villain to life, banging out rhythms with her shoe on the floor of a Cardiff classroom...
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sea lillies, 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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peter finch later selected poems
Peter Finch
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<p>A prolific, relentlessly inventive, provocative and often hilarious poet, Peter Finch has published over twenty volumes of verse, as well as prose, including the popular alternative guide books in Seren&#39;s Real... series.This selection follows his popular Selected Poems (1987) with a choice of work from books published in the past...
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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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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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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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Shadow Dispatches, Polly Atkin
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<p>These atmospheric and keenly observational poems offer us a slant perspective on everyday things and events: the ugliness of an elderly mute swan; or a group of migraine sufferers forming a fellowship and holding regular meetings. Poems addressing the complexity of contemporary relationships sit alongside those riffing on traditional...
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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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sheenagh pugh later selected poems
Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>A poet renowned for the clarity of her style, the originality of her subject matter, and for her erudite and spiky online presence, Sheenagh Pugh is a poet at the height of her career. This book is a companion to her popular earlier <em>Selected Poems</em>, originally published in 1990 and now a GCSE set text.&nbsp;</p...
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sheenagh pugh selected poems
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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Sheenagh Pugh, Short Days, Long Shadows
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<p>In this, her twelfth collection, noted poet Sheenagh Pugh steps into a new, northern landscape, the Shetland Islands, with poems steeped in the wilder weathers and views of rugged coastlines, sweeping sea-vistas and the hardy historical characters who have inhabited these lands. There is a lovely pared-down spareness, and elegiac...
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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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sing for the taxman, sheenagh pufg
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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Ruth Bidgood
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<p>A sense of mystery and mortality infuses these beautiful poems by Ruth Bidgood. Her deep engagement with the landscape and history of her part of Wales is matched by a metaphysical questioning as to the purpose and meaning of experience.</p><p>The voices that she invokes are often the &rsquo;unremembered&rsquo; ones: a...
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