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New Welsh Review 72, Summer 2006


The Problem with Poetry (Kathryn Gray)
For an art form that - so we are told - has been in a terminal condition for almost two decades, poetry can, at the very least, take some comfort from the ardent concern this would seem to occasion. Every few months or so, an article will appear in one of the major broadsheets, with grave pronouncements that nudge the bathetic. Daisy Goodwin, glamorous doyenne of poetry-as-lifestyle, recently admonished her critics with the assertion that this most mysterious and vital of arts would soon become as quaint as Morris dancing unless more were done to integrate it into the modern market. Poetry, it would seem, languishes in its hospital bed, only heaving itself up on pillows at the odd interval to scrawl a missive to the outside world: reports of my death have been greatly more...


Private and Public Wars by Pascale Petit
Pascale Petit discusses confessional poetry: self indulgent and taboo or deserving of critical respect?
All must have prizes? by Peter Finch
Peter Finch considers the cultural value of literary prizes in the light of The Economy of Prestige by James F English. What are prizes for, who wins and what of controversy?
Ekphrasis and Ekphrasis by Tim Liardet
Ekphrasis is the creative description of an artwork, and more common in poetry than fiction. Tim Liardet writes on how 'description is revolution', and how the technique has informed both his own and others' poetry.
From the Journals of the Curmudgeon by Sean O'Brien
A witty but pointed look at the business of being a poet.
The Cardiff Side by Gillian Clarke
Cardiff-born Gillian Clarke was appointed Wales' first Capital Poet in May 2005. She considers the pleasures and pains of writing to commission and how a public mission has also been a year of creative self-discovery.
Photo / Poem Collaboration by David Hurn and Pascale Petit
Magnum photographer and poet combine their work.
Photo Essay by Toril Brancher
A Writer's Writer by Sophie Hannah on Wendy Cope


Strawberries by Stevie Davies


Poems by :
Leontia Flynn
Philip Gross
John Hartley Williams
Tim Liardet


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