Chaotic Angels

Chaotic Angels

Chaotic Angels brings together the poems from Gwyneth Lewis's three English collections, Parables & Faxes (1995), Zero Gravity (1998) and Keeping Mum (2003).

"Felicitous, urbane, heartbreaking, the poems of Gwyneth Lewis form a universe whose planets use language for oxygen and thus are inhabitable" - Joseph Brodsky

"True stars in poetry like Gwyneth Lewis always match brilliance with warmth. She is the one to bet on." - Les Murray

"Gwyneth Lewis has so many of the gifts required for good poetry: command of form, with improvisation enlivening tradition; supple rhythm; originality of subject matter and the right eye to pin down detail; humour, both sardonic and direct; and, above all, commitment to human feeling. The extended title sequence [of Parables & Faxes] is the most humane succession of poems I have read for many years. It is simply a masterpiece." - Peter Porter

"Intelligence and unflinching emotional honesty, which is too rigorous to permit easy consolation, instinctive formal ability and an engaging quirkiness of vision, sophisticated and immensely enjoyable" - CaitrÍona O'Reilly, PN Review

"The fact that Gwyneth Lewis writes in Welsh and English is central to the issues she addresses. Lewis is not always easy to locate as a poet, and in part this is because of her originality and her refusal to easily fall prey to current trends or trendiness. Her poetic lineage includes poets such as George Herbert, Joseph Brodsky and perhaps most prominently, W.H. Auden. And this is nowhere more evident than in her ability to resolve through poetry complex philosophical ideas, and to make the creative marriages of words and ideas that rhyme allows" - Deryn Rees-Jones, PBS Bulletin

"She is one of very few poets to be equally probing and technically sophisticated in both languages intuitively sensitive to the peculiarities of each" - Ruth McIlroy, Bloodaxe 2005

Gwyneth Lewis reads two poems

Gwyneth Lewis from Neil Astley on Vimeo.

Gwyneth Lewis reads two poems from Chaotic Angels: Poems in English (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), 'Welsh Espionage' [5] and 'Mother Tongue'. This film is from the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets, filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce & edited by Neil Astley (Bloodaxe Books, 2008).

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