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Letter from a Far Country (2e)

Gillian Clarke

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ISBN: 978 1 857549 61 4
Categories: 20th Century, Welsh, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Edition: 2nd
Published: October 2006
216 x 135 x 6 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • ...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
    Insomnia
    Chalk Pebble
    Sunday
    East Moors
    Scything
    Bluetit and Wren
    Ll^yr
    Blodeuwedd
    Siege
    Cardiff Elms
    The Water Diviner
    Hay-Making
    Harvest
    Friesian Bull
    Jac Codi Baw
    Taid’s Funeral
    White Roses
    Pendzhikent
    Login
    Blodeuyn
    Death of a Cat
    Sheila na Gig at Kilpeck
    Plums
    Balsam
    Buzzard
    Ram
    From Clarence Bridge, Newport
    Heron at Port Talbot
    Mrs Frost
    Ice Queen
    Suicide on Pentwyn Bridge
    Welsh Blacks
    On Rhiwbina Hill
    Shadows in Llanbadarn
    A Journal from France:
    September 9th
    The Village
    La Cirque de Paris
    Seamstress at St. Léon
    Kingfishers at Condat
    Rouffignac
    Font de Gaume
    Les Combarelles
    ‘Summer’s going quickly now’
    Notes
    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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