REVIEW by Rhiannon Marks

NWR Issue 99

Murmur

by Menna Elfyn (trans. Elin ap Hywel, Paul Henry, Gillian Clarke)

In the foreword to her collection, Perffaith Nam/ Perfect Blemish (2005), Menna Elfyn proposed that a creator’s main desire may be to make whole the rift inside ourselves. Seven years later, her latest bilingual collection of poetry, Murmur – a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation – is proof of the poet’s continuing desire to explore dualities (references to titles in this review are made in English except where only Welsh titles are given).

The volume, with its striking black and white cover image, is centred upon contrast: darkness and light, eternity and the instant, captivity and freedom and, more importantly, endings and new beginnings...


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