At the Source: A Writer's Year

Overview

Fusing poetry, memoir, and nature writing, this evocative prose collection conducts a literary exploration of place and language. Reflecting upon the geography, history, and mythology of Wales, the verse delves into the sources of both Welsh and English dialects while incorporating essays and journal extracts, creating a seasonal portrait of the beloved Welsh landscape. From descriptions of lambing and hay making to ruminations on agriculture and ecological destruction, this is an enthralling depiction of the ...

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Overview

Fusing poetry, memoir, and nature writing, this evocative prose collection conducts a literary exploration of place and language. Reflecting upon the geography, history, and mythology of Wales, the verse delves into the sources of both Welsh and English dialects while incorporating essays and journal extracts, creating a seasonal portrait of the beloved Welsh landscape. From descriptions of lambing and hay making to ruminations on agriculture and ecological destruction, this is an enthralling depiction of the world as seen from the captivating countryside.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Gillian Clarke's poems ring with lucidity and power . . . her work is personal and archetypal, built out of language as concrete as it is musical."  —Times Literary Supplement

"There is no gaudiness in her poetry; instead, the reader is aware of a generosity of spirit which allows the poems' subjects their own unbullied reality."  —The Listener

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857549867
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gillian Clarke is a poet, a playwright, and a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. She is the former editor of the Anglo-Welsh Review and the cofounder and former president of Ty Newydd, a writers' center in North Wales. She is the author of Five Fields, The King of Britain's Daughter, Letting in the Rumour, and Making the Beds for the Dead.

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Table of Contents

A Local Habitation and a Name

A Local Habitation and a Name 3

Beginning with Bendigeidfran 8

Cardiff 16

Cordelia's 'Nothing' 30

The Poetry of Stone: Pentre Ifan 47

Voice of the Tribe 55

A Journal

A White Page 67

Land 76

Breaking Waters 82

A Spring Heatwave 91

In Oradour 98

Islands 104

Heatwave. Monsoon 113

Kite, Buzzard, Crow 122

The Brown Hairstreak Butterfly 132

The Lineage of Bees 141

A White-Collared Blackbird 150

Water Like a Stone 157

Acknowledgments 167

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