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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Not in These Shoes
Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch
ISBN: 9780330451468 (0330451464)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mehefin 2008
Cyhoeddwr: Picador, Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 196x128 mm, 54 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Ein Pris: £8.99 
Does dim Adolygiad Cwsmer i'r teitl hwn.
 
Ysgrifennwch Adolygiad Cwsmer
Dyma gasgliad cyntaf o gerddi Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch a gyhoeddir gan Picador. Ceir yma gerddi gan lais ffres ac ifanc - cerddi llawn dirgelwch, cerddi erotig, cerddi sy'n arddangos diffuantrwydd a soffistigeiddrwydd, ac sy'n cyffroi'r meddwl.

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch's debut collection for Picador introduces a young poet with a remarkable range of imaginative tactics at her disposal. Mysterious and erotic, heartfelt, sophisticated and immensely readable - it stirs the imagination.
Not in These Shoes is a quietly accomplished and confident collection of a young poet who has clearly found her voice. Form and language are used so skilfully that you barely notice them; it is content that prevails here, and it is only after you have read the poems and absorbed their meaning that you become aware of the technical prowess involved.

Initially, I read the collection in one sitting. Not because I was in a hurry, not because I was eager to reach the end, but simply because each poem carried me forward into the next like a wave surging towards the shore (there is an abundance of maritime imagery in the poems). A powerful picture emerged, greater than the apparent sum of its parts, and I could then return to individual poems and re-read them in the light of that bigger picture. Thus, a seemingly slight fragment such as ‘Titanic’, which just happens to be a perfect 17-syllable haiku (“Cadences/before water filled the open lung/of the baby grand”), becomes genuinely titanic in its scope and meaning. There are many poems here about water and the sea, sea-farers, ships, the sea eroding the land and, towering among the rest, ‘71,200 Megalitres’, a grieving for the Drowning of Tryweryn that is rendered all the more powerful by its deeply personal edge.

This sense of the personal runs through the entire collection, giving life to the political, and the candour of Wynne-Rhydderch’s voice at once commands attention and ignites curiosity – you do not merely listen, you hear, and want to hear more.

Suzy Ceulan Hughes

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.

Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Not in These Shoes
As the title hints, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch evokes wittily and ironically the life of the young, fashionable woman. This is only one strand of this confident second volume of her poetry.
Others reflect the seafaring traditions of her ancestors in her home town on the coast of west Wales, contrasting the old life with today's invasion of moneyed, leisured incomers with their different language.
The loss of community and of remembered past is parallelled and underlined by the physical loss of territory, eroded by the sea as well as appropriated by outsiders. The sea is a strong presence, opening up boundaries for the sailor, closing them for others. Themes of confinement and escape form another leitmotif. There is anger and grief, but also sly humour and a deceptive lightness of touch.
Many of the poems are compact vignettes focusing on a single experience which evocates a whole life, a history. Imagery is tightly apposite – remembering a friend's stitching and quilting on the day of her autopsy, spilt tea and a stained desk recalling a suicide – but never obvious.
The poems are tightly constructed, each word earning its place, not only for its meaning and associations but also for its sound, creating patterns of cynghanedd-like alliterations.
Her delight in language is palpable as she selects, seemingly without effort, the precise word which will hold together a series of related yet contrasting metaphors, to create poems which yield still more on each rereading.
Cyfnewidfa Lên Cymru/Wales Literature Exchange
Gwobrau:
Dewiswyd gan Gyfnewidfa Lên Cymru ar gyfer ei Silff Lyfrau 2008-09.
Chosen by Wales Literature Exchange for its 2008-09 Bookcase.
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