The Welsh Poems





Recent
Innovative
Work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shearsman Books
Published March 2006
Paperback 148pp, 9" x 6", ISBN 0-907562-91-4. 9.95 (UK) / $16 USA

 

The Welsh Poems might also be called Selected Experimental Poems and highlights Finch's more unusual excursions into verbal and visual trickery. The book covers work written over a period of two decades and is the first such large-scale selection of his work.

Finch's work, famous since the seventies for its fringe dwelling, its boundary pushing and its innovation, has always veered wildly between the conventional and the experimental. Indeed, as one of the early second generation British concretists, it is remarkable that Finch also made a name for himself as first an upsetter among the Anglo-Welsh and, later, a poet working pretty much near the middle of that canon.

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Cover photo of Peter Finch reading at Cwmbran Library
by John Briggs

In The Welsh Poems Finch collects the best of his innovative work since Antibodies . Here are the post-Cobbing pieces, the extended permutationals, the web poems, the findings, the bendings, and the meldings that have kept him out there in the ante-room for so long a time.

Since the early 1970s, Finch has been the principal innovator in Welsh poetry.....he deserves a Welsh knighthood.
Richard Kostelanetz, Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes

For 40 years he has been the Welsh avant-garde, as inventive and as indispensable as he has been consistently undervalued and ignored.....one of the few Welsh writers capable of entrancing young students with his verbal chutzpah, his Crazy Gang of words. Henffych, Peter: a hir oes eto i'ch egni ac i'ch dawn.
M. Wynn Thomas in Wales In Action, Spring 2005

Read Chaos Theory, Rupert Loydell's review, Sarah Kennedy's review in West Branch, and Jamie Wilkes blog

 

The Welsh Poems - Contents

Fold
Colon
Historians
Dw'i ddim yn deall
Software
Fix Up
Rev (again)
Cover Blown
Once You Know Where To Point
Pantycelyn: The Tools & Things Version
Wonderful Life
Philip Larkin
Sophistication
newjobs
Hey Baby
Wobble
No Bike
Zen Cymru
Rainfall
Putting In The Window
Paint
Rhai Caneuon Cymraeg
The Unstoppable Growth of British Leyland
Quantum Mechanics In The Work Of R S Thomas
Mid Period Anglo-Welsh Endings
SNT No 18
Slide Guitar Devices
The Glow
Tick In Box
Pitt Rivers
How To Speak (1)
How To Speak (2)
Slow To Change
Easy X-Rays
Llywarch Hen SMS with fault
Chaos Theory

Before 1962
Damage
Cardiff Medicine
Brudge
Recycle
Big Hrt
Literature
Residues
Past Interests
Ysbwriel
Cheng Man Ch'ing
How
Instead of Writing
Mardy Maerdy
Nothing Is New
Publishing
Repeat
Rough Skin
Swell
Tea Room
Too Late
Torrance
Tunnel Fog

The Dauber Poems

a ahh
afternoon
light
r rr rai nn
rai nng ain again
through the berries bling
old and enough
cold
empty minded
bandage
moon ethergate
ir
jean
bone light
the bright
h hi t
illia
rapa ropa
still
tie the sky in white
Super Furry Animals #1
Super Furry Animals #2
Super Furry Animals #3
Super Furry Animals #4
Super Furry Animals #5

R S Thomas Information

A-Z
Footnotes


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