Cyril Jones July 13, 2018

The couplet “If you are born Cornish/then the past always weighs heavy on you” from the poem Curse sums up many of the themes in this selection. Although the places that have inspired many of the poems are not confined to Cornwall, the reader is continually aware that they are marked with the historical sensibilities of the seafaring, tin-mining Cornishman. The prize-winning poem The Carvings at Treloyhan describe how “motifs melt and mingle/the way they…

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