- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Indigo Dreams Publishing (2 Sept. 2013)
- ISBN-10: 1909357324
- ISBN-13: 978-1909357327
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.4 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,483,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Last Green Field Paperback – 2 Sep 2013
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Shirley Wright s work contains all the qualities that one would hope to find in a poet. Her beautifully crafted poems examine the delicate, challenging nature of relationships within families and between lovers, as well as tackling themes such as the current crisis in the environment. All are handled with great accomplishment and flair, using tenderness where necessary, and plenty of playfulness and humour too. Her imagery lingers in the mind, never distracting, only enhancing. She moves effortlessly between the physical and emotional landscape, transporting and galvanising the reader with clever and inventive use of form, including the classical. The title poem, The Last Great Field, is a triumph in itself. I cannot recommend this collection highly enough. --Julie-ann Rowell
Shirley Wright's poems create fine collisions between well-crafted exteriors and the jolt of surprise. In many of them,different strata of reality meet in disorientating or unsettling disjunction, yet culminate in fresh wholeness of vision. Gentleness wrestles with implicit violence, humour with deep seriousness, grief with anger, slapdash vernacular with lyrical epiphany. Above all, she is alive to the strange workings of the past in every present moment, and the way loss and death can paradoxically make life richer and more vivid. --Matthew Barton
I was won over. It s stunning. I like the latticed sunlight as well. It s very confident. --Ben Okri, one of the judges of the Sunday Telegraph/Rose Theatre Poetry for Performance competition, writing about My Father.
About the Author
Shirley Wright was born in London, but lives in Bristol close to the beautiful West Country. A former French teacher, she is now a prize-winning poet, novelist and short-story writer. Her novel Time out of Mind came out in 2012. Shirley s poems have been widely published, and in 2008 she won the Sunday Telegraph/Rose Theatre Poetry for Performance competition. In 2012 she won second prize in the Wells International Poetry Competition.
Top Customer Reviews
My particular favourites were "Skin", "In Case You're Wondering about the Carbon Footprint" and "Painting Mrs Giocondo".
Deft, clever, self-aware fun -and defnitely a keeper.
Becoming serious again, in 'Field' she hopes for 'myths to sing
the branching of our story -
born in the heart of wildwood,
nurtured by wolves
and told in antique voices
to the trees that built us,
whose paper holds our dreams.
Another poem - 'My Father' - won the Sunday Telegraph prize for performance poetry.
'My Father ..
loved fish - their slither
and slide, the rainbow flash
of scales that would leap
and glide past
She uses a quote from TS Eliot as an epigraph, 'The historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence.' And this too gives a clue to another of Shirley's preoccupations - the compound nature of time. As in this poem, the past is present in every moment, and we're assaulted with memories 'fragments that stop the hourglass', leaving us 'sun-stunned'.
This is an excellent first collection - a very good read, with some beautiful moments in it. Someone once told me that a collection should always have at least 3 'wow' poems in it - this definitely has!