Religious poetry that is not only approachable but makes space for secular readers is rare, perhaps because it requires such fine sensibilities and delicate touch. But with ten previous collections behind him, including The Clearing (Poetry Wales Press, 1984), winner of the Welsh Arts Council Poetry Prize for 1985, and his Selected and New Poems (Seren, 2004), as well as the elegant and poignant, Instead of Goodbye (Cinnamon Press, 2017), John Powell Ward is the poet to accomplish this.
Praise for John Ward's previous work:
A major contribution to late twentieth-century poetry.
Bulletin of the Welsh Academy
Combines an uncompromising integrity with a contemporary flair for understatement… one is left with the impression of having been told the truth cleanly and with warmth.
Times Literary Supplement
Mournful, strong, cold, and very sad, in the manner of Eliot and Proust.
Kirkus Review (USA)