Boy Running -

Boy Running



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Paul Henry is has gained a reputation as one of of the best poets in the UK. Boy Running is his beautiful sixth collection by the Wales-born author, published in 2015, and the first to follow his: 'The Brittle Sea: New and Selected Poems'. We begin in a 'Studio Flat'. Cut adrift by marital break-up, the poet must sort through the emotional fallout and the various 'chattels' left behind; a sea of characteristic props: tables, lamps, metronomes, pianos, guitars. The poet's sons are at the heart of this section where pathos is balanced by humour amidst the characters of a small country town. A second section moves to the Welsh coastal town of Henry's childhood, Aberystywth, opening with a long poem, 'Kicking the Stone' set in the summer of 1969. Also in this section are some familiar characters from earlier poems such as Brown Helen and Catrin Sands. In the final sequence we meet 'Davy Blackrock': washed-up songwriter and modern day alter ego of Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock), alias David Owen (1720-1749), the blind, 18th century harpist and composer who fell asleep on a hill and dreamt the famous song which bears his name. In contrast to White Rock, Davy Blackrock lives on the top-floor of a tower block, 'star of an ashen town', nurses his guitar and dreams of the perfect song.

Product code: 9781781722268

ISBN 9781781722268
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H216xW138
No. Of Pages 72
Publisher Poetry Wales Press
Boy Running is the artful collection of poems by noted poet from Wales, Paul Henry, published in 2015, and the first to follow his widely praised: 'The Brittle Sea: New and Selected Poems'. Also a singer-songwriter Henry is known for his precise lyricism, intimate tone and a cast of characters inspired by his childhood