Selected Poems, 1946-68
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Selected Poems, 1946-68

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Dufour Editions, an independent publisher and distributor for more than forty years, has an established reputation as a fine literary house. International poetry has always been outstanding in the list, which initially began with some of Thomas Kinsella's and John Montague's first books from the prestigious Dolmen Press.Since those early days, the complete poetry list has...more
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Published February 1st 1986 by Bloodaxe Books Ltd (first published 1973)
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James Murphy
I'd not read Thomas before these Selected Poems. I think him extraordinary. Despite a feeling I had that his poetry leaned more and more toward the religious as he aged, I found reading him is like standing in a strong wind which carries the heavy news from somewhere else, truths you've known but never articulated before. Reading him is to learn again, better, what you already know. Though he was Welsh and the poetry is testament to that sensibility, his work thrives far beyond the stark cliffs...more
Much of the strength of these poems lies in their powerful, sometimes unexpected, endings. Thomas is unsparing in his observations-- which are never without a harsh sort of love.
In a review of a biography of twentieth-century poet R. S. Thomas, one writer says that Thomas’s poetry raises “a deep and unanswered question: What is life for? Is it simply to consume more and more, and divert ourselves with ever more elaborate entertainments and gadgetry? What will this do to our souls?” This is a good summary of Thomas’s concern in his poetry.

As an Anglican minister in rural Wales, Thomas loved the land and its people. But he hated what was happening to Welsh culture. The l...more
Steve Robinson
An excellent introduction to the works of a remarkable poet.
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“I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receeding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.”
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