Seams of People
- Seams of People
- ISBN: 9781845278441
- Mike Jenkins
- Publication: April 2022
- Format: Paperback, 215x138 mm, 120 pages
This collection moves from opening poems about Wales and the possilibities of independence, to an ending of three poems based in Corfu.
Award-winning poet and ﬁction writer Mike jenkins lives in Merthyr Tudful. A former teacher now retired, he has co-edited Red Poets magazine for 28 years and edited Poetry Wales in the 80s.
Also writes in Welsh and last year won N.American Festival of Wales Welsh language poetry competition.
Latest books: The 3 Molas, Poems from Cameroon (Carreg Gwalch) with Eric Ngalle Charles and Ifor ap Glyn and Anonymous Bosch (Culture Matters) with photos by Dave Lewis.
In between are many 'Seams of people': a series focusing on residents in a Care Home, as well as characters and scenes in diverse locations such as Belfast and Mumbai.
These seams comprise layers of satire, imagery and narrative, together with closely-observed personal responses to relatives and the natural world. They can be buried like memories of attending church as a child, or brought to the surface literally, like the grass sculpture of a pit pony. Seams of sound and sensibility, ones which are both singular and common.
"Genuine, powerful polemic has first to be genuine powerful poetry. Few can claim to stand in the lineage of the Valleys poets of protest Idris Davies or Harri Webb, but Mike Jenkins is one of them." Frank Olding in Planet