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Burying the Wren

Burying the Wren [Kindle Edition]

Deryn Rees-Jones
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Critic's quotes for previous books: Rees-Jones shows an auspicious maturity. She has emerged as one of the strongest forces in contemporary Welsh Poetry The Times Literary Supplement A refreshing abundance of energy...vividly sensory, it teems with sharp images and inventive approaches. Poetry Review

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In Burying the Wren Deryn Rees-Jones returns to familiar preoccupations but with a new clarity and maturity of vision. With intense lyricism she calls on the Roethkean 'small things' of the universe -- truffles, slugs, trilobites, birds, stones, feathers, flowers, eggs -- which, mysterious, and magical as well as ordinary -- she sets up against loss. Her sequence of 'Dogwoman' poems, which draws on the work of artist Paula Rego, is a an extended elegy to her late husband, the poet and critic Michael Murphy. Above all these are poems of the body, "...the blue heartstopping pulse at the wrist", which are alive to the world and the transformative qualities of love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 244 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Seren (15 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3T8X9I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #361,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and Stunning 13 Jan 2013
I've enjoyed Rees-Jones' work for a long time because it is intelligent and sensitive, always thoughtful and fresh. This is quite simply her best book to date. She works through her grief for her husband, poet Michael Murphy, through a range of brave but carefully crafted poems in different personae. There is also a delicacy and subtlety at work here, her interest in art and artefacts of beauty is tactile and delicious. Ultimately the poems are celebratory even though some of them come from a dark place, they bring a radiancy to the reader which remains long after the collection has been read. This book is currently shortlisted for a T.S. Eliot Award. It richly deserves to be on that shortlist - tender, loving and beautiful poetry like this is compelling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Feb 2013
By D Smyth
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A first-rate collection. Accessible, human, deeply felt, skilled in the art, clear, moving. Up for many prizes & rightly so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exacting and exalting 27 Dec 2013
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Some of the finest poems I've read in a long while.

The last -- burying the wren -- is enough to break the heart of anyone who has one.
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