Entries in art (4)
Carcanet is delighted to announce the publication of New Selected Poems by Robert Minhinnick.
To order a copy of New Selected Poems at the special pre-publication price of £11 (RRP £12.95), please go to www.carcanet.co.uk and use the code MINHINNICK at the checkout. Alternatively, telephone (+44)161 843 8730
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 © Eamon Bourke
Arts for the Earth member, Siobhan Fitzgerald Grice has an exhibition in Porthcawl Grand Pavilion May 16th - June 25th.
|Art Exhibition by Arts for the Earth members Siobhan Fitzgerald Grice and Photography by Peter Morgan|
Arts for the Earth member, Rhian Edwards is the winner of the 2011 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry and Audience Prize 2011. Her first book of poetry has just been published by Seren.
Clueless Dogs is the first collection of poetry by Rhian Edwards. Already a noted performer of both her songs and poetry, this book confirms her startling talent.
Poems like ‘The Welshman Who Couldn’t Sing’ chronicle a fraught childhood in Bridgend, south Wales, where the sensitive child escapes through imaginative games of ‘Playing Dead’ and ‘Broken Lifeboat’. Full of verve and humour, with a spiky syntax featuring hard-edged consonants, her language has a winning honesty and intensity. Later poems chronicle teenage lusts, student rivalries, damaged peers and tense situations. Although the author doesn’t flinch from ruthless depictions in which we are often implicated by her use of the second person ‘You’, there is an underlying sweetness, an elegiac thread most evident in the poems of maturity, like ‘Back to Bed’ ,’Safe’ ,’The Wrong Season’ full of both the sensual rapture of love and a clear-eyed realization of its inevitable disappointments. Witness the poet in performance and it is impossible not to hear her distinctive tones when reading her work. Clueless Dogs is a brave and beautiful first book.