The Book of Ystwyth:
Six Poets on the Art of Clive Hicks-Jenkins
Solitude is a burrow
into which you fold yourself
like a letter into an envelope
Dave Bonta, ‘The Grave Dug by Beasts’
That moment hung,
a stopped raindrop,
a never falling leaf
Callum James, ‘The Boy and the Wolf'
Stories of saints and animals, dark worlds of folk tradition, inanimate objects as actors on a stage, other-worldly dreamscapes – all these tumble from the drawings and paintings of Clive Hicks-Jenkins, who has been described by Simon Callow as ‘one of the most individual and complete artists of our time’.
Over the past dozen years, many writers have been prompted to give word to the unspoken narratives in Hicks-Jenkins’ images. The Book of Ystwyth offers twenty-seven poems, many published here for the first time, placed alongside images that inspired them or reflect them. They are by six insightful and inspiring writers: three American and three British; three women and three men. Experiencing these images and poems together will take readers on imaginative journeys of their own, reflecting on the rich themes running through the pairings.