Description - Living in the Delta by Landeg White
Living in the Delta, Landeg White's Collected and New Poems, brings together work from nine previous collections. Welsh by birth, White is a citizen of the world, having lived and written and taught on three continents. It is a Welsh tradition of course to be a traveller, voyager and settler in all parts of the planet, and White's poetry embodies this. It also reflects the ancient Welsh tradition of the poet-scholar; he is a noted academic-editor, translator and historian-an authority on Africa and Portuguese literature. Fortunately for us he is a poet too, talented and dedicated. The experience of reading his writing make you want to read more-it is warm, humane, intelligent and immensely readable. Commentators on his work are apt to use politically incorrect words and phrases such as 'masterpiece' and 'major poet'. He is a brilliant comic writer for instance, and can move in an instant from sly wit to laugh-out-loud funny. Yet suddenly with a poem like 'African Incident' you are in the midst of tragedy.He is a moving celebrant of love and family and community; a passionate, meticulous observer of the natural world-it is difficult to think of a living writer who is a more complete poet.
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(203mm x 127mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Parthian Books
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Author Biography - Landeg White
Landeg White was born in South Wales and lives in Portugal, having taken in along the way universities in Trinidad, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Zambia and York. His books include studies of V. S. Naipaul; of Mozambican and Malawian history; and of southern African praise poetry; along with seven collections of poetry including Where the Angolans are Playing Football (Parthian, 2003) and Arab Work (Parthian, 2006). He teaches at Portugal s Universidade Aberta (Open University). His translation of Camoes' 'The Lusiads' won the TLS translation prize for 1998. His further translation of The Collected Lyric Poems of Luis de Camoes has recently appeared from Princeton University Press.