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After the Hurricane
ISBN: 978 1 857545 63 0
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: May 2002
216 x 135 x 9 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
from 'A Welshman's Flora'
This time the mad cows
Are nothing to do with me.
One by one
I watch them drown,
The men from the lifeboat,
And the sea lays them out
Across inscrutable Sker.
But I hold my ground on this peninsula,
Looking the hurricane
Firmly in the eye.
People flung kale and cobblestones,
But all I did was bring reports
Of the world that is to come,
Now here I lie, here I lie
Under the walls of Segontium,
The colour of old bones.
After the Hurricane is a rich and rewarding collection, full of flinty fragments which light a bonfire of the imagination.
Planet: The Welsh Internationalist
After the Hurricane is the first book from this major Welsh poet since Selected Poems. It is a wonderful collection of vibrant poems that showcase his affinity with the human and natural calamities that influence our environmental and mental ecologies. The geographical range of Robert Minhinnick's imagination is as wide as his travels have been. Robert Minhinnick observes people and places with a scientific attachment: a mixture of fascination and respect. His is a significant political voice, rooted in Wales but speaking for a wider constituency.
Robert Minhinnick is the editor of Poetry Wales, and a founding member of Sustainable Wales and Friends of the Earth Cymru.
Praise for Robert Minhinnick 'Robert Minhinnick is the leading Welsh poet of his generation' - Sunday Times
'There is something imposing in the way he makes his chosen locale, the strand of Porthcawl, feel like the edge of the world, on which wash up echoes of world politics and broad sweeps of history.' - Philip Gross, Poetry London
'Minhinnick is one of the few poets who writes about a dockyard or a hedgerow with equal authority...A friend of mine once said that he liked to think of R.S.Thomas as "just being there": outside the media hubbub, steadily producing wonderful poems. Although Minhinnick's considerably younger, and more cosmopolitan in scope, I'd say the same about him.' - Poetry London
'Minhinnick is a poet of the moment...his best work takes you and places you slap bang in the middle of an experience. Like a mini tardis.' - The Big Issue
'Biodiversity is at the heart of what he writes about, backed up by a knowledge of archaeology and geology. He is now entering his mature phase and is already one of our most accomplished poets.' - The Western Mail
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