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Letter from a Far Country (2e)
ISBN: 978 1 857549 61 4
Categories: 20th Century, Welsh, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 2006
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
...Dear husbands, fathers, forefathers,
this is my apologia, my
letter home from the future,
my bottle in the sea which might
take a generation to arrive.
from 'Letter from a Far Country'
Gillian Clarke's poems are letters from the far countries of personal and ancestral memories, of places and moments of insight. Her acclaimed title poem explores the buried histories of women's lives, the enduring responsibilities that link generations and ensure the continuance of language and traditions. Rooted in rural Wales, Letter from a Far Country celebrates the sources of strength and continuity that bind people to landscape and community.
'Clarke's poetry...gives voice to the unexpressed emotions and experiences of women over the centuries...this, together with the way in which her Welshness is such an integral part of her sensibility and her poetry helps to make Gillian Clarke one of our most important contemporary writers' - New Welsh Review
'Clarke's work is both personal and archetypal, built out of language as concrete as it is musical.' - Anne Stevenson, Times Literary Supplement
'Clarke...reminds us that simply expressed facts can sometimes shine more memorably than fireworks.' - Carol Rumens, The Independent
Letter from a Far Country
Miracle on St. David’s Day
Bluetit and Wren
The Water Diviner
Jac Codi Baw
Death of a Cat
Sheila na Gig at Kilpeck
From Clarence Bridge, Newport
Heron at Port Talbot
Suicide on Pentwyn Bridge
On Rhiwbina Hill
Shadows in Llanbadarn
A Journal from France:
Praise for Gillian Clarke
'Clarke's mellifluous new collection [A Recipe for Water] is her first since her appointment as Wales's national poet in 2008. The drop of water on the tongue, she tells us, 'was the first word in the world', and it's through water that these poems give up their stories: history is written into the Arctic's ice; myths well up from river sources; the currents on the ocean wash culture and heritage onto our shores. Watery collections have poured forth from the pens of poets from Sean O'Brien to Maura Dooley in recent years; anticipation is high for Clarke's contribution to the pool'. - Sarah Crown, the Guardian, 3 January 2009
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