Collected Poems

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The work of an original, haunting, and experimental modernist poet is made available again for the first time in 50 years in this volume. Lynette Roberts is principally a war poet, in that her two published collections take as their subject a woman's life in wartime. A late modernist, she works on two scales at the same time: the mythic and the domestic. 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857548426
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 8
Poem from Llanybri 53
The Shadow Remains 54
Plasnewydd 54
Low Tide 55
Raw Salt on Eye 56
The Circle of C 57
Lamentation 57
Broken Voices 59
Earthbound 60
Spring 61
Rhode Island Red 61
Ecliptic Blue 62
Poem 62
Woodpecker 63
Curlew 64
Moorhen 65
Seagulls 65
Fifth of the Strata 66
Thursday September the Tenth 67
House of Commons 68
Crossed and Uncrossed 69
The Seasons 70
Orarium 71
In Sickness and in Health 73
Blood and Scarlet Thorns 74
Rainshiver 74
Royal Mail 75
The New World 76
Argentine Railways 77
Xaquixaguana 77
River Plate 78
Canzone Benedicto 79
Gods with Stainless Ears (1951) 83
Transition 117
To a Welsh Woman 117
Song of Praise 118
Poem 119
To the Priest of the Middles 119
Englyn 120
Paulinus 120
Transgression 121
Green Madrigal 123
Death That Monster 123
Spring 124
Out of the Paw of Night 125
The Great Disturber 127
The Hypnotist 128
Love is an Outlaw 128
These Words I Write on Crinkled Tin 128
Two Wine Glasses 129
Ty Gwyn 130
El Dorado (1953) 131
Bruska's Song 151
The Fifth Pillar of Song 151
Oh Max 153
Displaced Persons 154
Green Madrigal 155
No Walking Path Through Flame 155
Satanic Aquarelle 156
Circe: The Falcon 156
Encroachment 157
Downbeat 157
It Was Not Easy 158
Notes 159
Select Bibliography 223
Appendix A 225
Appendix B 227
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