Lorna is someone I’m fortunate to know so delighted to share this lovely review of her recent book.
Who is a poet? Not hard. A poet sees beneath the surface of things, and brings back the stories and songs of the world behind the world.
When I was given the opportunity to review Lorna Smithers’ Gatherer of Souls, I jumped at the chance. I was somewhat familiar with her work through blog posts and references here and there but, you know how it is, time and preoccupations constrain one’s attention in certain directions. So I had never actually read her books or poetry in the ‘sit down’, with the attention that a poet requires. So I was not prepared for just how extraordinary I would find this book.
I’ve read and told the tale of Culhwch and Olwen many times, yet never wept for Goleuddydd. And if that were all, it would be enough. But there was so much more.
This is a book that crystallises years of…
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