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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous - this year's must-have Christmas gift
This collection is deservedly shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize. It would make an excellent Christmas present for those tricky grown up relatives who have everything. Here's why: The poems recall the cold winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11. If this winter is cold, these poems will enrich the experience of it. If it's not, it'll make up for the loss of the proper season...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for effect
Some catching phrases and images here but the uniformity of season she has imposed on herself is not charged with any real strength in content. Too many of the poems seem culled from newspaper articles or a view from a wintry cottage window.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous - this year's must-have Christmas gift, 21 Nov 2012
This review is from: Ice (Paperback)
This collection is deservedly shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize. It would make an excellent Christmas present for those tricky grown up relatives who have everything. Here's why: The poems recall the cold winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11. If this winter is cold, these poems will enrich the experience of it. If it's not, it'll make up for the loss of the proper season. And it's slim, and will slip onto any bookshelf without littering the house with something unwanted.

There's little about frost, ice and snow that Gillian Clarke has not observed. In poem after beautiful poem, she reveals the beauty and cruelty of cold - with its knives, splinters, breath, stitchwork, music, silver bones ... I could go on.

It also has Clarke's characteristic warmth: 'Home for Christmas' is a favourite of mine ...

'I sleep, wake, sleep again dreaming in stories,
turning, turning, landlocked in myth,
our white room drifted deep
in moon-work of the silversmith.'

I'm there. I want that sleep, that room lit by snow, that beauty, that recollection of being 'young and bold, bravely in love'.

There are other poems too - 66 pages of poems. Every one of them worth reading. This book is good value too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite modern Welsh poet, 23 Dec 2013
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Gillian Clarke has become a favorite poet and I have recommended her to members of the Poetry Group I belong to
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ice, 17 Mar 2013
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A wonderful collection of highly original pieces in the classic inimitable Gillian Clatke style. Some very poignant, others powerfully reflective. A pleasure to own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Poetry, 18 Feb 2013
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For me, this is how modern nature poetry should sound. The imagery is lyrical but profound, the message one of hope but not sentimentality.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for effect, 22 Jan 2013
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Some catching phrases and images here but the uniformity of season she has imposed on herself is not charged with any real strength in content. Too many of the poems seem culled from newspaper articles or a view from a wintry cottage window.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent poems, 15 Feb 2014
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1. The item arrived in good time and as described.

2. The content is a fine selection of poems which can be both read aloud and to oneself.
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