Table of Contents Preface by Angharad Rhys Introduction by Patrick McGuinness Poems (1944) Poem from Llanybri The Shadow Remains Plasnewydd Low Tide Raw Salt on Eye The Circle of C Lamentation Broken Voices Earthbound Spring Rhode Island Red Ecliptic Blue Poem [We must uprise O my people.] Woodpecker Curlew Moorhen Seagulls Fifth of the Strata Thursday September the Tenth House of Commons Crossed and Uncrossed The Seasons Orarium In Sickness and in Health Blood and Scarlet Thorns Rainshiver Royal Mail The New World Argentine Railways Xaquixaguana River Plate Canzone Benedicto Cwmcelyn Notes on Legend and Form Gods with Stainless Ears. A Heroic Poem (1951) Preface Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Notes Uncollected and Unpublished Poems To a Welsh Woman Song of Praise Poem [In steel white land] Englyn Green Madrigal [I] Transgression The Hypnotist (Welsh Englyn) Love is an Outlaw These Words I Write on Crinkled Tin Two Wine Glasses Ty Gwyn The 'Pele' Fetched in A Shot Rabbit Llanstephan Madrigal Displaced Persons Saint Swithin's Pool Brazilian Blue It Was Not Easy Chapel Wrath Trials and Tirades Angharad Prydein Out of a Sixth Sense Green Madrigal [II] Premonition Mockery Red Mullet The Tavern The Temple Road The Grebe He alone could get me out of this The Fifth Pillar of Song Bruska's Song Pendine Release Downbeat Appendix Radio Talk on South American Poems El Dorado (1953) Patagonia (article published in Wales, V, 7, Summer 1945) Notes Index of First Lines
Lynette Roberts was born in Buenos Aires of Welsh stock in 1909 and died in West Wales in 1995. She published two collections of poems in her lifetime, both from Faber and Faber: Poems (1944) and Gods with Stainless Ears (subtitled 'A Heroic Poem', 1951). She married the Welsh writer and editor Keidrych Rhys, and came to know some of the prominent writers and artists her day. T.S. Eliot was her publisher and advocate. Roberts helped Robert Graves with his work on The White Goddess, and Dylan Thomas was best man at her wedding. She was a friend of Wyndham Lewis (who painted her), Edith Sitwell (to whom she dedicated Gods with Stainless Ears) and Alun Lewis (for whom she wrote 'Poem from Llanybri'), and published in a variety of magazines in Britain and America.
'Lynette Roberts is one of the few true poets now writing. Her best is the best...' - Robert Graves; 'She has, first, an unusual gift for observation and evocation of scenery and place, whether it is in Wales or her native South America; second, a gift for verse construction, influenced by the Welsh tradition, which is evident in her freer verse as well as in stricter forms; and third, an original idiom and tone of speech.' - T.S. Eliot.