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New Selected Poems
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Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Welsh
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (180 pages)
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The Viking promontory, thin as its
Name and the hail flung off the skerry
We stop, breathless, laughing, looking
Round. We, the inheritors, looking round
To receive what we will never understand.
But beginning our occupation with faith.
New Selected Poems is a poet’s choice of over thirty years’ work. Minhinnick’s poetry explores the complexities of belonging in the world. It is rooted in the rich particularity of industrial south Wales and the Welsh seaside resort in which he now lives, but its scope is global. New Selected Poems includes ‘An Opera in Baghdad’ as well as translations from six modern Welsh language poets; it mourns the ancient, savaged landscape of Iraq and listens to primeval echoes in the Welsh landscape; it celebrates the rhythms of the Americas. For Minhinnick, people, relationships and landscapes interconnect. The poetry that is true to that world is both lyrical and highly political.
Cover photograph © Robert Minhinnick
from A Thread in the Maze (1978)Sap
A Live Tradition
Garlic Mustard, from Herbals
Dawn: Cwrt y Felin
1921: The Grandfather’s Story
from Native Ground (1979)Ways of Learning
The Drinking Art
from Life Sentences (1983)Rhys
Driving in Fog
Catching My Breath
On the Headland
from The Dinosaur Park (1985)The Dinosaur Park
On the Llyn Fawr Hoard in the National Museum of Wales
from Breaking Down
from The Looters (1989)The Looters
‘What’s the Point of Being Timid when the House is Falling Down?’
from Fairground Music
In the Watchtower
Looking for Arthur
from Hey Fatman (1994)Homework
Daisy at the Court
A History of Dunraven
Listening to History
The Swimming Lesson
from After the Hurricane (2002)The Bombing of Baghdad as seen from an Electrical Goods Shop
Twenty-Five Laments for Iraq
The Discovery of Radioactivity
Songs for the Lugmen
She Drove a ’Seventies Plymouth
The Porthcawl Preludes
From the Rock Pool
from The Adulterer’s Tongue (2003)Belly Button Song (from ‘Botwm i’r Botwm Bol’, by Menna Elfyn)
Taliesin (from ‘Taliesin’, by Emyr Lewis)
Beginning to Forget (from ‘Dechrau’r Anghofio’, by Gwyneth Lewis)
Landscape without a Hat (from ‘Tirlun heb Het’, by Bobi Jones)
A Song about Soup (from ‘Cawl’, by Elin ap Hywel)
Automobiles (from ‘Ceir’, by Iwan Llwyd)
from King Driftwood (2008)An Opera in Baghdad
La Otra Orilla
The Saint of Tusker Rock
The Fox in the National Museum of Wales
Index of Titles and First Lines
Awards won by Robert Minhinnick Short-listed, 2017 The T.S. Eliot Prize (Diary of the Last Man ) Winner, 2018 Wales Book of the Year (Diary of the Last Man ) Winner, 2018 Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Diary of the Last Man )
Praise for Robert Minhinnick 'This is environmentalism turned into elegy. It's so powerful, so political...These are serious poems for serious times..that will stay with you and make you think about what we're doing with the planet.'
Carolyn Hitt, Wales Book of the Year Awards Judge
'While Robert Minhinnick's Diary of the Last Man is rooted in the dunescapes of the author's hometown of Porthcawl, it is also a work that is intrinsically internationalist in outlook. The long title poem is a wry, standing-ovation-worthy requiem for humanity predominantly set on the Welsh coast but it could be argued that Minhinnick reserves his most powerful poetry for when he casts his eyes abroad.'
Wales Arts Review Highlights of the Year 2017
'Diary of the Last Man presents an unsentimental, indifferent world, filled with cruelty and atrocity but, while there may be no Jesus in Minhinnick's geology, there is no shortage of beauty and, filtered through the sands of his language, this beauty is arresting and memorable.'
Poetry blogger John Field on the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize newsletter
'It is in observing these cycles of sea and river, human and animal, that Minhinnick most excels, and his collection as a whole is beautifully and acoustically attuned to what is most precious in out lives and around us' Suzannah V Evans, New Welsh Review on Diary of the Last Man 'Robert Minhinnick's new collection confirms his status as one of the most important poets of these turbulent times. Bleakly elegiac, environmentally political, vital and visionary, his poems cast an extraordinary light over our darkening landscapes.'
Carol Ann Duffy
'After the Hurricane is a rich and rewarding collection, full of flinty fragments which light a bonfire of the imagination.'
Planet: The Welsh Internationalist
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