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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 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
    Chalk Pebble
    East Moors
    Bluetit and Wren
    Cardiff Elms
    The Water Diviner
    Friesian Bull
    Jac Codi Baw
    Taid’s Funeral
    White Roses
    Death of a Cat
    Sheila na Gig at Kilpeck
    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
    Font de Gaume
    Les Combarelles
    ‘Summer’s going quickly now’
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