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A Recipe for Water

Gillian Clarke

A Recipe for Water by Gillian Clarke
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ISBN: 978 1 857549 88 1
Categories: 21st Century, Welsh
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: April 2009
216 x 135 x 8 mm
96 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Walking by water through the gates
    of castle, mountains, sky, I think of him,
    great-great-grandfather, gorhendaid,
    working the stone-boats on the Menai Straits
    to the salt psalm of the sea and the wind's hymn
    in the tug and thrust of the tide.

    from 'Quayside' by Gillian Clarke
    The drop of water on the tongue, writes Gillian Clarke, 'was the first word in the world', and the language of water is the element in which these poems live. Ocean currents create histories and cultures - the port cities of Cardiff and Mumbai; myths are born where great rivers have their source high in the mountains. A bottle of spring water contains the mineral elements of life; we can read the earth's deep history in arctic ice. We share the rhythms of migrations in the pull of tides and seasons through rivers and estuaries.

    In her first collection since becoming the National Poet of Wales in 2008, Gillian Clarke explores water as memory and meaning, the bearer of stories that well up from a personal and collective past to return us to the language of the imagination in which we first named the world.


    Contents


    First Words
    A Pocket Dictionary
    Glas y Dorlan
    Not
    Otter
    The Fox and the Girl
    Sgwarnop
    Nettles
    A T-Mail to Keats
    Fflam
    The Ledbury Muse
    A Recipe for Water
    Severn
    A Barge on the Severn
    Source
    Sabrina
    Ice
    Tide
    Bore
    Barrage
    Migrations
    Mumbai
    Man in a Shower
    At the Banganga Tank
    In the Taj
    Laundry
    Hands
    Post Script
    Glacier
    Reader's Digest Atlas of the World
    City
    Afon Taf
    Architect
    Coins
    Llandaf Cathedral
    Sleepless
    Subway
    The Rising Tide
    Welsh
    Stadium
    Wing
    Number
    Letting the Light In
    House of Dreams
    A Sonnet for Nye
    Mercury
    Welsh Gold
    Horsetail
    Kites
    Death's Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar
    Oradour-sur-Glane
    Singer
    Storm over Limousin
    Landscape with Farm
    The Accompanist
    Bach at St Davids
    Cattle, Hayfield, Storm
    Gravity
    Wings
    Pegging Out
    Love at Livebait
    Revival
    Castell y Bere
    Old Libraries
    The Oak Wood
    Library Chair
    Quayside
    Farewell Finisterre
    December
    Cae Delyn
    Advent
    The Darkest Day
    Solstice
    Shepherd



    '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
    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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