Friday Poem – ‘Spring’ by Kate Bingham

With St David’s Day on Sunday our Friday Poem this week is ‘Spring’ by Kate Bingham from her collection Infragreen.

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Perceptive, persuasive and intricately made, the poems of Kate Bingham’s third collection, Infragreen, take the reader on a startling and unfamiliar journey through everyday experiences and phenomena. Her keen eye, reflectiveness and quiet wit endow her subjects with a shimmering freshness.

Infragreen is full of sensuous, imaginative and beautifully accomplished work. It succeeds in leading the consciousness beyond its deadened rounds.’ – The Poetry Review

Infragreen is available on the Seren website: £9.99

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Friday Poem – ‘The Winchman on Oscar Charlie’ by Sheenagh Pugh

Our Friday Poem this week is ‘The Winchman on Oscar Charlie’ by Sheenagh Pugh from her collection Afternoons Go Nowhere.

A fascination for history, both as a source of human drama and a field for artful speculation, characterises this collection of poems by Sheenagh Pugh. In Afternoons Go Nowhere the past seems more relevant to the present than ever, human nature never entirely predictable and often non-sensical, the natural world seeming full of a paradoxical beauty. Complex but with clear themes and lucid, musical language, Sheenagh Pugh’s tenth collection will delight discriminating readers.

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Friday Poem – ‘The Fabulists’ by André Mangeot

Our Friday Poem this week is ‘The Fabulists’ by André Mangeot from his new collection Blood Rain. André is appearing twice at the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival on Saturday 15th February to read from his collection as part of the New Poetry Showcase and Poems for the Planet.

Resonant, complex, rich in heft and texture, these are mature poems that grapple with serious themes. Beautifully crafted, and partly inspired by his love of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, they address the natural world, its endangerment and other pressing global issues from multiple perspectives, and with great lyrical power.

‘A thought-provoking book for turbulent times.’
– Matthew Caley

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Friday Poem – ‘Cathedral Builders’ by John Ormond

Our Friday Poem this week is ‘Cathedral Builders’ by John Ormond from John Ormond: Collected Poems. John Ormond’s legacy as both a poet and award-winning documentary maker will be remembered at the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival in the Inaugural Meic Stephens Lecture. Join us from 6pm on Friday 14 February to hear Kieron Smith, author of John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic, discuss the correspondences between Ormond’s twin creative channels accompanied by short film clips of his work.

John Ormond (1923-1990) is one of the remarkable generation of poets born in south Wales in the early 1920s which includes Dannie Abse and Leslie Norris. This Collected Poems draws together all of Ormond’s work, including unpublished material. It includes  notes and commentary of the poems re: their geneses, backgrounds, allusions and meanings, and a bibliography of Ormond’s prose writing, films and writing about him. An index of titles and first lines completes this essential book.

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Friday Poem – ‘The Calling’ by Daljit Nagra

Our Friday Poem this week is ‘The Calling’ by Daljit Nagra from his collection British Museum (Faber & Faber). We are delighted to have Daljit joining us at the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival in just two weeks time on Saturday 15 February at 1pm.

Daljit Nagra possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary English poetry. British Museum is his third collection and marks a significant departure of style to something quieter, more contemplative and inquisitive, at times valedictory. His political edge has been honed in a series of meditations and reflections upon our heritage, our legacy, and the institutions that define them: the BBC, Hadrian’s Wall, the Sikh gurdwaras of our towns, the British Museum of the title poem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daljit Nagra has published four poetry collections with Faber & Faber. He has won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem and Best First Collection, the South Bank Show Decibel Award and the Cholmondeley Award. His books have been nominated for the Costa Prize and twice for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and he has been selected as a New Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society. He is the inaugural Poet-in-Residence for Radio 4 & 4 Extra, and presents a weekly programme, Poetry Extra, on Radio 4 Extra. Book tickets to see him read from British Museum at the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival here.

Friday Poem – ‘Wales’ by Peter Finch

Our Friday Poem this week is ‘Wales’ by Peter Finch from his forthcoming collection The Machineries of Joy. Peter will be reading from this new collection at the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival on Saturday 15 February.

The Machineries of Joy is the vibrant, uproarious, pointed & wildly entertaining new collection from renowned Cardiff-based performance poet, Peter Finch. Known for his inventive and multi-faceted formal strategies & his best-selling psycho-geographical peregrinations around Wales and the USA, he gives us the world in all its contemporary complexity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Machineries of Joy is available to pre-order on the Seren website: £9.99

Peter will be reading from The Machineries of Joy at the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival on Saturday 15 February at 12pm. Book tickets online here.

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Friday Poem – ‘Loie Fuller’s Dancing School’ by Nerys Williams

Our Friday Poem this week is ‘Loie Fuller’s Dancing School’ by Nerys Williams from her collection Sound Archive. Nerys will be performing poems from her collection Cabaret at the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival as part of the Cardiff Poetry Experiment.

Nerys Williams Sound ArchiveSound Archive by Nerys Williams uses formal strategies to conjure a complex music, intriguing narratives, and poems full of atmosphere that query identity, gender, and the dream of art as a vehicle for emotion and meaning. Williams confronts our preconceptions about what it might mean to be a woman writing against the background of two formidable traditions: that of Welsh-speaking Wales and of English literature. A thoughtful, subtle and fascinating collection.

Sound Archive is available from the Seren website: £8.99 (or £4.49 whilst our half-price sale is on, ends Sunday 19 Jan)

The Cardiff Poetry Experiment: Irish Women Poets event, hosted by Ailbhe Darcy, takes place at 6pm on Saturday 15 February as part of the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival. Nerys Williams will read alongside Cherry Smyth and jazz singer Lauren Kinsella. Buy your tickets on the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival website.

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Friday Poem – ‘Eldest’ by Carrie Etter

Our Friday Poem this week is ‘Eldest’ by Carrie Etter from her collection The Weather in Normal. Carrie will be reading from The Weather in Normal as part of Poems for the Planet at the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival.

Carrie Etter The Weather in NormalEtter’s fourth poetry collection, The Weather in Normal is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Its focus is Etter’s hometown of Normal, Illinois, lamenting its loss through the death of her parents, the sale of the family home, and the effects of climate change on Illinois’ landscape and lives.

‘It’s well-nigh impossible to convey with quotation how Etter’s use of language, form, restraint and space combine to such impressive effect.’ – Stride magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weather in Normal is available from the Seren website: £9.99

Poems for the Planet will take place at the Festival at 3pm on Saturday 15th February. Performing alongside Carrie will be Jane Lovell, author of This Tilting Earth and André Mangeot whose new collection Blood Rain is available to pre-order now. Buy your tickets on the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival website.

Carrie will also be running a workshop on the Prose Poem at 12pm on the same day. Book your place before they run out, limited spaces available.

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Friday Poem – ‘Weathering’ by Rhiannon Hooson

Our Friday Poem this week is ‘Weathering’, a new poem by Rhiannon Hooson. Rhiannon’s collection The Other City  is available from Seren.

Rhiannon Hooson is a gifted young poet born in mid-Wales and currently living in the Welsh Marches. The Other City, her debut collection of poems, was shortlisted for the Roland Mathias Prize.

Sharply focused, beautifully resonant, and deeply felt,  these poems reference and re-make narratives from classical Greek myth, while others rework elements of Welsh history, ancient and modern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Poem – ‘Noticing Cards While Eating Stuffing’ by Cathy Bryant

This week’s Friday Poem is ‘Noticing Cards While Eating Stuffing’ by Cathy Bryant from the pamphlet Twelve Poems for Christmas.

This sparkling selection of Christmas poems is the perfect stocking filler for any poetry addict. These are poems full of feeling that resist cliché, that touch on classic ‘Christmas’ themes, but bring them to life from fresh perspectives. The pamphlet opens with Pippa Little’s lyrical and tender poem, ‘St. Leonore and the Robin’, and features poems both humorous and contemplative. Small enough to send with (or instead of) a card, this is the perfect festive treat for your loved ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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