Gillian Clarke

Sunday 15 October - 5.30pm

The poetry in Gillian Clarke’s ninth collection Zoology evokes the Welsh landscape of her childhood, memories of her parents, the threat of war, and the richness of nature. The six parts capture the cycle of seasons on the land, its bounty and hardship. Clarke, former National Poet of Wales, taps into a powerful feminist empathy that sees beyond differentiation of species to an understanding deeper than knowledge: some subterranean awareness running through the land. She ends with elegies to friends, poets and peers, remembering victims of war and tyrannical regimes. Clarke portrays the vivid joy of the natural world pricked by an undercurrent of fear for its future; our future.

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Photo credit Marion Delyth
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