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Edited by Patrick McGuinness
ISBN: 978 1 857548 42 6
Categories: 20th Century, Welsh, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2005
216 x 135 x 13 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB)
Digital access available through Exact Editions
Past Syrian Juniper and tall grass;
Hanging with dark secrets the Brewer's spruce;
The pond that drew the young child in;
Among darkening leaves: a nightingale
Sobbing in the sunniest season,
'My love, my Love, why do I love another?'
To the green wood where I found my love;
To the green wood where I held my love;
To the green wood now my love is gone.
From 'These Words I Write on Crinkled Tin'
The work of an original, haunting and experimental woman modernist poet is made available again, for the first in 50 years. Lynette Roberts is principally a war poet, in that her two published collections take as their subject a woman's life in wartime. But she is also, or therefore, a love poet and a poet of the hearth. A late-modernist, she works on two scales at the same time: the mythic and the domestic.
Those poets and readers who have valued Roberts' work have been experimentalists. Even at this distance, she challenges and instructs, at the level of diction, syntax and achieved form. She relentlessly opens out the language of poetry, she is free with extremes of subject, scale and conception, and her work has flourished in its very marginality. Now, with republication, she is restored as an extraordinary poet in the development of twentieth century British poetry. As a Welsh writer, her best work stands alongside that of her near-contemporaries, David Jones, R.S. Thomas and Dylan Thomas. As a woman poet, her work bears comparison with that of both Mina Loy and Djuna Barnes.
Preface by Angharad Rhys
Introduction by Patrick McGuinness
Poem from Llanybri
The Shadow Remains
Raw Salt on Eye
The Circle of C
Rhode Island Red
Poem [We must uprise O my people.]
Fifth of the Strata
Thursday September the Tenth
House of Commons
Crossed and Uncrossed
In Sickness and in Health
Blood and Scarlet Thorns
The New World
Notes on Legend and Form
Gods with Stainless Ears. A Heroic Poem (1951)
Uncollected and Unpublished Poems
To a Welsh Woman
Song of Praise
Poem [In steel white land]
Green Madrigal [I]
The Hypnotist (Welsh Englyn)
Love is an Outlaw
These Words I Write on Crinkled Tin
Two Wine Glasses
The 'Pele' Fetched in
A Shot Rabbit
Saint Swithin's Pool
It Was Not Easy
Trials and Tirades
Out of a Sixth Sense
Green Madrigal [II]
The Temple Road
He alone could get me out of this
The Fifth Pillar of Song
Radio Talk on South American Poems
El Dorado (1953)
Patagonia (article published in Wales, V, 7, Summer 1945)
Index of First Lines
Awards won by Patrick McGuinness Long-listed, 2011 Wales Book of the Year, English Language Category in The Western Mail (Jilted City)
'There is a huge amount to savor, learn from and enjoy here. Anyone with pretensions to know British writing of the 1940s should read it.'
Paul St John Mackintosh, TeleRead Praise for Patrick McGuinness 'When T.E. Hulme was killed in Flanders in 1917, he was known to a few people as a brilliant talker, a brilliant amateur of metaphysics, and the author of two or three of the most beautiful poems in the English language... he appears as the forerunner of a new attitude of mind...'
T.S. Eliot, The Criterion, 1924 'Patrick McGuinness has constructed a rough guide to a lonely planet, full of unquenchable cultural curiosity and irresistible ironies... Alive to every undulation of the linguistic landscapes in which he moves, McGuinnessâs poems often pivot on the cross-cultural possibilities of a single isolated word.'
New Welsh Review
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