Selector and presenter of the BBC Radio 3 programme Poetry Now from 1977 to 1984, and editor of Poetry Wales between 1975 and 1980, John Powell Ward is not only widely published, with major festival appearances and critical acclaim, but continues to write with a mixture of authenticity and elegance that is as unassuming as it is pitch-perfect. The word, language itself, is critical in Ward's writing and never more so than in this finely tuned, reflective and considered collection.