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Recipe for Water
Using water as a contemplative device, this anthology examines themes of war, womanhood, time, and the environment. Individual poems focus on a range of topics—from the seemingly unremarkable contents of a bottle of spring water to the more global issue of rising ocean levels. Rain, drought, flood, thirst, rivers, and oceans inspire this thought-provoking exploration of th ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Carcanet Press Ltd.
(first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 27, 2017 Pamela Scott rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I thought Recipe for Water was a good collection of poems but maybe not great. I enjoyed some poems and didn’t enjoy others. There are a lot of nature poems in this collection and I didn’t enjoy them as much. This is not a fault of the poet’s; they were all vivid and well-written but didn’t suit my tastes as much. I enjoyed the poems that moved away from nature and focused of people and experiences a lot more such as A T-Mail to Keats, Man in a Shower, In the Taj, Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Wo ...more
A collection of painterly poems from the National Poet of Wales which I found most effective in the nature poems, eg Horsetail, but with the exception of the poet's mother in 'Not', I found the people and cities a bit monochrome, and emotionless. I've heard her doing a reading as well and her mellifluous voice carries a lot more force than I manage to evoke, sitting at home reading them in my head.
These beautiful poems from Gillian Clarke were an absolute pleasure to read and I will return to them many times. My favourite was The Oak Wood but there were so many here that I loved, particularly the last few; December, Solstice, The Darkest Day, all so atmospheric and they made me long for winter despite it being a beautiful May morning here. I really would recommend these.
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