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Longlisted for the 2020 Laurel Prize for Ecopoetry Zoology is Gillian Clarke’s ninth Carcanet collection, following her T. S. Eliot Prize-shortlisted Ice. The collection opens with a glimpse of hare, whose ‘heartbeat halts at the edge of the lawn’, holding us ‘in the planet of its stare’. Within this millisecond of mutual arrest, a well of memories draws us into the Welsh ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Carcanet Press Ltd.
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Paul
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2017
Zoology is a collection of poems that is deeply rooted in the countryside and the seasons. Beginning with Missing, there are mini collections of poems on Hafod Y Llan, museums and other taken from over the course of a year. The collection ends with an eulogy to a variety of friends and fellow poets. Particular favourites include Last Gather, Silent and River.

After frozen ground, a loosening / After silence, birdsong, a beginning / Earth’s skin pricks with growth

This is the second of Gillian Clar
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Laz Mercz
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So beautiful <3
This is the sort of poetry that should stand up in the modern context, that which is filled with lines of tumblr and posts from the gram - read more of this please!!
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rosamund
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Though published in 2017, these beautiful poems feel timeless. Clarke uses different moods and imagery to explore one central theme: that of place, and how the place we are from remains part of who we are. She has a huge respect for the natural world, from the bones of animals to the frost on the hills, and for her home in Wales in particular, and for the Welsh language.

The book is divided into a number of sections: it opens with poems of loss and about age, and travels to the zoological museum
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Mimi Carstairs
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, 5-stars
Somewhere in a graveyard in broken Greece,
a man leans on his grief.


A stunning, evocative collection of nature poems and elegies by a truly incredible poet, a new favourite of mine (I am harbouring strong suspicions that this will be my favourite collection of 2019).
Emotion pours from each page with every word; I choked up when reading "Birdsong".
I highly recommend this collection of poems, even if you aren't a big poetry reader!

When, in a hundred years, seven hundred more,
as summer spread
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Fiona
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, nature
Welsh is a beautiful, lyrical language, and I find that for Welsh speakers this carries over to their English voice. This is certainly the case for Gillian Clarke. I have heard Gillian both speak and read her poems, and this has been a truly wonderful experience. I could not help but hear her voice as I read this book and felt myself being carried along in the beauty of her words.

If you love poetry or words or beauty or nature, do yourself a favour and read this delightful book. You won't regret
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Nay
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Picked this up in a charity bookshop recently having never heard of it but ended up loving it. Clarke has such a beautiful, captivating way with words. Her love for nature is abundantly clear. Some of my personal favourites include The Presence, Oestrus, How To Put Together A Robin and Magnetism. I can see this being one of those collections I’ll revisit again and again in the years to come.
DenXXX
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, 2019
Read for a reading challenge - needed a book of poetry and so I chose this one from the library.
Enjoyed some of the poems especially the one which considered the wars
Katie Baker
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up on a whim as the library had a display for national poetry day and I loved it. Some beautiful and haunting imagery. I will definitely be reading more poetry.
Kate
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nature is so deeply felt by Gillian Clarke, her passion for it pours from the page. This is a beautiful collection with a bite of realism that does the reader no harm at all.
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Gillian Clarke (b. 1937) is one of the central figures in contemporary Welsh poetry, the third to take up the post of National Poet of Wales. Her own poems have achieved widespread critical and popular acclaim (her Selected Poems has gone through seven printings and her work is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain) but she has also made her cultural mark through her inspirationa ...more

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