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- DescriptionNerys Williams deftly employs modernist techniques in her invative new collection of poems, Sound Archives. The reader is enticed by hints and clues, by tone and rhythm, by fragment and exclamation through themes that run from a painting by Gwen John, to 'Conversations with Cocteau', from 'Methane Sonata' to 'Global Warriors'. Often a poem will evolve as a description of a landscape or setting such as Caldy Island, or 'Cater's Starstruck Diner, L.A.' or even as an argument as in 'The Pedagogical poet'. With her philosophical and critical cast of mind these poems are as much about perceptions and values as they are about their subjects, they build sounds-scapes of imagery, veering away from straight-forward narrative. They, as one poem says, 'murder the discursive', in order to eschew cliche. She also uses humour and satire to subvert our expectations of say, a piece ostensibly about heartbreak. She often uses the imperative to challenge our compliance as in 'How to MakeThings Disappear'. Williams confronts our preconceptions about what it might mean to be a woman writing against the background of two formidable traditions: that of Welsh-speaking Wales and of English literature. A thoughtful, subtle and fascinating first collection.
- Author BiographyNerys Williams was born in Carmarthen, attended one of the first Welsh Language comprehensive Schools, Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myrddin, She has a BA (Hons English Literature) from Stirling University, an MA in Contemporary Poetry (Distinction) from Sheffield University, and a D.Phil In American Studiies from Sussex University. She spent a year at UC Berkeley in California on a Fullbright scholarship. Before post-graduate studies she worked as a Sound Archivist at BBC Wales for several years. She now lectures in American Literature at University College, Dublin, full time. She says she has been writing poetry since she was a teenager and was inspired by a course at Ty Newydd. You may recognise her name as she has published lots of work: poems, articles and reviews in Poetry Wales over a number of years. She has written a critical book, Guide to Contemporary Poetry, (University of Edinburgh Press).
- PrizesShortlisted for Felix Dennis Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection 2011.
- Author(s)Dr. Nerys Williams
- PublisherPoetry Wales Press
- Date of Publication22/03/2011
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationBridgend
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight100 g
- Width137 mm
- Height211 mm
- Spine8 mm
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