Review: Deryn Rees-Jones, Burying the Wren, Poetry Wales 48.4 (2013)

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Deryn Rees-Jones’ Burying the Wren is a collection which, in its intricacy, soars like the loud and complex bird song which the wren itself is famed for.  The quasi-imagist opening poem ‘Three Glances at a Field of Poppies’ suggests that the natural world might be the primary focus, but as the collection progresses it becomes clear that these glances represent the themes in a metaphysical manner. It is a collection moving from ‘an ache’ through the ‘footfalls of sorrow’ to ‘a life | pushed into form’.

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