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21/01/2012

Everyman Library Collection.

Grahame Davies's work has been included in a new publication in the prestigious Everyman Library Pocket Poets series.

The collection Villanelles (Random House, 2012) 9.99, is edited by Annie Finch and Marie-Elizabeth Mali, and with an introduction by Julie Kane, and is the first anthology devoted to the complicated villanelle form.

The American publishers' publicity material for the book says:

"With its intricate rhyme scheme and dance-like pattern of repeating lines, its marriage of recurrence and surprise, the villanelle is a form that has fascinated poets since its introduction almost two centuries ago. Many well-known poets in the past have tried their hands at the villanelle, and the form is enjoying a revival among poets writing today.

"The poems collected here range from the classic villanelles of the nineteenth century to such famous and memorable examples as Dylan Thomas's "Do not go gentle into that good night," Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art," and Sylvia Plath's "Mad Girl's Love Song."

"Here too are the cutting-edge works of contemporary poets, including Sherman Alexie, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, and many others whose poems demonstrate the dazzling variety that can be found within the parameters of a single, strict form."

The collection includes the English version of Grahame Davies's poem 'Grey', which was originally written in Welsh and English to mark the laying of the foundation stone of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff in 2003, and which was set to music by Karl Jenkins for the opening of the centre in 2004.

Cover of 'Villanelles'

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