At the Source: A Writer's Year Paperback – 6 May 2008
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'Gillian Clarke's outer and inner landscapes are the sources from which her poetry draws its strengths.' - Carol Ann Duffy, Guardian. 'Gillian Clarke's [poems] ring with lucidity and power...Clarke's work is both personal and archetypal, built out of language as concrete as it is musical.' - Anne Stevenson, Times Literary Supplement. --Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Born in Cardiff, Gillian Clarke is Wales's best-loved poet. She is also a playwright, editor, broadcaster, lecturer and translator (from the Welsh). She edited the Anglo-Welsh Review (1975-1984) and is a former president of Ty Newydd, the writers' centre in North Wales which she co-founded in 1990. Since 1994 she has been a tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. Clarke was the inaugural Capital Poet for Cardiff 2005-6. Carcanet publish many of her books.
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Top Customer Reviews
It consists of two parts: six essays about aspects of family, culture and the making of poetry, of which 'Cordelia's 'Nothing'' spoke most resonantly to me; and twelve chapters in the form of a year-long journal, illuminating lives lived close to the land in rural West Wales. With infinite care and tenderness, Gillian Clarke explores the surprising interestingness and potential of ordinary (often disregarded) things, and that rich web of memories, associations and experiences, of joys and unfairnesses, of evocations and atmospheres which we call life.
This is a warm, funny, thoughtful, sharp, densely-layered and occasionally provocative book, which makes real and simple the archetypal and universal potential of all modest local experiences. It is beautifully paced and written in straightforward, unfussy language. I closed the last page with reluctance, and with the smell of the land in my nose, a vision of creative modern lives happily inhabiting a green and ancient landscape before my eyes, and earth - shaken fresh from the roots of poetry - under my fingernails.
She conjures scenes from the present and the past with economy and power and leaves the reader both satisfied but wanting more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I may be biased as I do have connections to Wales, but this is a jolly good read and reminds me of my days with my mum in wales.
Must go back some time.