POEM Philip Gross

NWR Issue 112

Turn, Turn

for Cyril Jones, bardd, translator

And here, between one rib of bedrock and the next, the river takes a
which may be a shift of the light, or the season,
or of register, of tone,
the way the same words eddy on
your voice or mine,
into or out of tune,
from chapel hymn to a patter of sunlight, sounding brass to a rattling tin,

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Philip Gross is a poet, a playwright, librettist and writer for children. He won the TS
Eliot Prize 2009 with The Water Table, and Wales Book of The Year 2010 with I Spy Pinhole Eye. Recent collections, Deep Field and Later, dealt with his refugee father’s final years and loss of language. Philip leads the MPhil/PhD in Writing programme at the University of South Wales, where he is Professor of Creative Writing. A Fold In The River is a collaboration with artist Valerie Coffin Price (with Welsh translations under way by Cyril Jones) and appeared in 2015, as did Love Songs of Carbon, category winner of the Wales Book of the Year 2016. philipgross.co.uk.


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