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Clueless Dogs [Paperback]

Rhian Edwards
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30 April 2012
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 third 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.

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Seren (30 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854115731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854115737
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Unique voice lies in the music of the language, a distinctly un-English sound, often in a minor key, elegiac but with unexpected leaps of the imagination. Against a Celtic bass-line, she sets her own modern turn of phrase and sense of humour" - Hugo Williams "Rhian Edwards makes the language sing and dance. Join her campaign for the liberation of poetry from all that is dry, stuffy, insincere and boring - " - Christopher Reid "Astounding Welsh poet with performances that get you in the emotional gut - " - Ian McMillan on The Verb, Radio 3. Although her poems are accessible - and I would strongly recommend them to anyone who thinks they don't like poetry - and supremely crafted they are also inhabited by something far rarer, an unerring ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. - TIME OUT - She is a dazzling performer, at ease with the language, sometimes slangy, sometimes lyrical, with undertones of South Welsh speech. Her warmth and humour will make her a popular reader - Gillian Clarke

About the Author

Born in Bridgend, Wales, Rhian Edwards is a poet and musician. Her pamphlet, Parade the Fib, (Tall Lighthouse) was awarded the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet choice for Autumn 2008. Her poems have appeared in the TLS, Poetry Review, The Spectator, Arete, Poetry London, Poetry Wales and the London Magazine. She has performed her work in over 300 stage, radio and festival performances world-wide.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning entrant into poetry 6 July 2012
By Anthony
Rhian's poetry is wonderfully mature and her live performances are a joy - moving and lyrical. If you like some of Brian
Patten's work, you will love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winner of Welsh Book of the Year award 5 Aug 2013
By Meg
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This is accessible, contemporary poetry. Like Rhian Edwards' prose, it just fizzes off the page. There are so many "me too" moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition of Clueless Dogs 4 Feb 2013
By Marilyn
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Unlike the two previous reviewers, I haven't heard Rhian recite any poems which is something extra to look forward to. After reading the opening poem, Parents' Evening, I had an idea that this anthology was going to be good and it didn't disappoint. It was an outside the box, refreshing read right through to the end.
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Of course the perfect way to appreciate "Clueless dogs" is to hear Rhian reciting her poetry which she is superb at. But it is always lovely to hear her voice when reading the poems at home too. She writes with great sensitivity but also great humour which I love. Try it!
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