Publisher and Publication Date: Phoenix. 2000.
Audience: Poetry readers.
Additional links of interest:
PBS, Religion and Ethics
I’d not heard of R. S. Thomas (1913-2000) until hearing Sarah Clarkson read some of his poems on her Facebook page.
In this collection of poems, from page 1 to 533 hold the poems. The first several pages of the book (Roman numerals) is the content pages. This book doesn’t have a bio or author page. Besides the back cover, a scant 45 word summary of Thomas is given on the opening page. Pages 535 to 548 is the index.
I wrote down a list of poems that are my favorite-a count of 20.
A few of them are “Welsh Landscape”/The Minister/”Children’s Song”/”In a Country Church”/”Welsh”/”The Garden”/”Barn Owl”/”Adjustments”/”The Waiting”/”One Way”/”Shadows.”
He seemed to wrestle with his feelings about God and religion. Those thoughts are written down in poetry as a way of understanding. Poetry is his outlet. He writes poems about Wales, it’s landscape and language; people (even his wife and church members), and God.
Of all the books read this month for poetry month, Collected Poems of R. S. Thomas has been my favorite.
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I too like his work!! Pleased that you did too!
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