Publication Date : 17 Nov 2022 Paperback £12.00 ISBN 9781780376356
With each new collection, Philip Gross’ poems extend their conversation between the metaphysical and the acutely physical. His sequences in The Thirteenth Angel scan from moment to moment like flickering needles, registering stress patterns in the world around us – ebbs and flows of weather or events, in our own bodies, in the city streets before and after the pandemic, or on the autoroutes of Europe with their undertow of human flight. If there are angels, they are nothing otherworldly, but formed by angles of incidence between real immediate things, sudden moments of clarity that may disturb, calm or exhilarate.
The Thirteenth Angel is Philip Gross’s 27th book of poetry, and his 12th from Bloodaxe.
A full online version of major international anthology for the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, Divining Dante, is now visible online, thanks to Recent Work press – three poems each, one for each book of the Divine Comedy, by poets from Italy, the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia, Singapore and India..
My contributions, The Lucifer Event, The Shores of Purgatory and The Shadows of Paradise are on pp.47-50
I'm glad to be working with the admirable Café Writers on their poetry competition 2021. Go to their site https://www.cafewriters.co.uk/home/poetry-competition/ for full details, including their offer of one free entry for a household on low income.
As judge, I'm likely to respond to poems that, whatever their subject or opinions or personal emotions, are vividly, organically, unarguably themselves.
... pooling our voices of care and concern in advance of COP26
Friday 25 October, 19.00 UK time.
Just a glimpse of Valerie Coffin Price's elegant and eloquent 'setting' of my poem adding a point of personal memory and value to a map of the Brecon Beacons, as part of the ambitious wide-ranging Outposted project, "bringing together a wide range of professional and emerging writers, artists, performers and makers, from various locations across the UK, to work in our collective solitude and create art that aims to be compelling, relevant and high quality in content and execution".
Saturday April 17 12:30-1:30
TROEON : TURNINGS: Philip Gross, Valerie Coffin Price, Cyril Jones
Film poems and live poetry readings in Welsh and English, artwork on screen.
Based on the new book: Troeon : Turnings is a creative conversation, in Welsh and English, between two renowned poets, Philip Gross and Cyril Jones interwoven with cover and text designs by fine artist Valerie Coffin Price. Various rivers run through this work: amongst them, in Gross’s case, the Taff and the Severn in south Wales, and in Jones’s the Arth and the Glasffrwd in west Wales. Authors and artist in discussion and we present both live reading, images and short films based on the work.
Free but ticketed.
TROEON : TURNINGS
Valerie Coffin Price
Publication Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
To turn, to dig, to plough, to upset, to translate… Bend, lap, journey, time... The Welsh word troeon unfolds meaning after meaning.
In TROEON : TURNINGS, two poets confident in their own traditions meet in the hinterland between translation and collaboration - Cyril Jones from the disciplines of Welsh cynghanedd, Philip Gross from the restless variety of English verse.
In the same spirit, Valerie Coffin Price plays an equal part with striking letterpress designs that surprise the language of both writers into new awareness of its possibilities.
My thanks to the quiet thoughtful online space of One Hand Clapping journal for a chance to share this encounter with the history of Estonia, and of part of my family – from a collection-to-be of poems and prose poems dealing with the spirit of Estonia and, in particular, of vaikus, one of several Estonian words for silence.
Voices of the Earth has been an annual art and poetry course, encouraging serious creative play and cross-fertilisation of art forms underpinned by an awareness of the complexity of life on Earth.
Like other centres and facilities, the Woodbrooke Quaker study centre in Birmingham can't be open for onsite events. But we are keeping the culture of the course, and of the place, alive by taking Voices of the Earth online.
Instead of a week-long residential, 2020's Voices of the Earth was an interactive course spread flexibly over six weeks, using Moodle site as the equivalent of Woodbrooke's lovely art room, with forums and “creative exchange rooms”. 42 participants joined us this time - far more than possible on-site, did some extraordinary work and helped us learn a lot about online ways of working.
Watch out for the 2021 manifestation of the course, online – coming soon.
Tutors: Philip Gross is a poet, prose writer, and until 2017, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. Zélie Gross is a Quaker writer and editor, with a background in making and teaching of visual arts. For both, collaboration is a source of fresh work and delight.