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)
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.