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A collection of celebrations and laments, lyrics to the living and the dead. It explores grief, love and the uncanniness of the everyday. Bringing together pieces on themes such as missing cats, car advertisements and Chinese foot-binding, it displays playfulness alongside more melancholy and nostalgic moods.
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Anna Wigley was born in Cardiff and currently lives in Roath. She studied at Cardiff University and gained a PhD on the novels of Iris Murdoch. She has been published in numerous poetry magazines and won many prizes for her poems and essays, including the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2000. Waking in Winter is her third poetry collection.Review:
Following on from The Bird Hospital (2002) and Durers Hare (2005), this third volume of poetry will confirm Anna Wigleys place among Waless contemporary lyric poets. Many of the poems speak loudly of Wales and there is something quintessentially yet indefinably Welsh about them. There are perhaps distant echoes of Dylan Thomas here, yet none of his heaviness and morbidity. Whether she is writing about the outer landscape of the natural world or the inner landscape of loss and grief, Wigley maintains a light touch that invites rather than orders the reader to see the world in a different way. The poems focusing on the natural landscape evoke the hills of Wales with astute observation and abound in memorable images: ferns becoming soft green breakers, a buzzard seeming less to dive than to faint/earthwards, a mountain stream lacing over tidefalls of small stones, and the radiant pewter and soft,/fraying violet of Welsh rain-clouds. These are not just rain-clouds, they are Welsh rain-clouds, and the poem in which they appear, Miserable Weather, is a delightful paean to the liquid god Â the rain that creates the gurgled song of gutters and means that the fields brim with ingots and our fridges are crammed with butter,/cheese and cream.Just as Wales is celebrated, so a loved one is mourned in a fine series of poems at the end of the collection, whose eloquence is enhanced by Wigleys quiet, private voice. Elsewhere, providing balance, there is the lighter tone of The Missing Cats of Roath and the considered whimsy of Tea.Wigleys poems are beautifully crafted and observed and a gentle pleasure to read.Suzy Ceulan HughesIt is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council
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