Review: Anne Stevenson, Astonishment and Gillian Clarke, Ice, Poetry Wales 48 (2013)

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Gillian Clarke’s Ice is a collection which suggests that rather than pressing for progress, a return to ‘yr hen iath’s heartload of silence’ (the old language, in this case, the weather) could offer more fulfilling relationships with history, the natural world and each other. It is a book about the reassertion of nature as the power by which life should be lived, and through which art finds its greatest subjects. Just as for Louis MacNeice the snow through the window showed that ‘[w]orld is suddener than we fancy it’, in Clarke’s ‘Snow’ ‘[w]e’re brought to our senses’ by the suddenness of black and white.

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