'Gathered in from far and wide, and chronicling sixty years of austere devotion to language, these poems remind us that brevity was for R.S. Thomas ever the soul of passion, and unnerving honesty his guarantor of truth. Bitter elegies for the "botched land" of Wales and baffled encounters with "the incorrigibly human" here keep company with jeremiads for his civilisation and the sound of one hand clapping for his God. But, most touchingly for this laureate of loneliness, there are also occasional gentle, shy poems of love, even in old age: "Come to me a moment, stand,/ Ageing yet lovely still,/ At my side…"' – Professor M. Wynn Thomas.
'The centenary of Thomas’s birth affords an opportunity to rediscover one of Wales’s greatest poets. Many of the 139 “lost” poems here address the clergyman’s persistent themes: his country; his elusive God; landscape and the characters who seem to grow out of it. The most poignant lines are on love – often lost or stifled, but quietly celebrated.' - Maria Crawford, Financial Times Summer Books Guide.
'The publication of 139 “lost” poems...offers refreshed perspectives on a Welshman who wrote his poetry in English...These “uncollected” poems also illustrate the range of Thomas's work: his precise imagery; his prophetic anger as the natural world is threatened by “the machine” and his fierce identity as a Welsh person...' - Dr Martyn Halsall, Church Times.
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