Poetry, Geography, Gender explores literary and geographical analysis, cultural criticism and gender politics in the work of such well-known literary figures as Gwyneth Lewis, Menna Elfyn, Christine Evans and Gillian Clarke, alongside newer names like Zoe Skoulding and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch. Drawing on her unpublished interviews with many of the featured poets, Alice Entwistle examines how and why their various senses of affiliation with a shared cultural hinterland should encourage us to rethink the relationship between nation, identity and literary aesthetics in post-devolution Wales. This series of lively and detailed close readings reveals how writers use the textual terrain of the poem, both literally and metaphorically, to register and script aesthetic as well as geo-political and cultural-historical change. As an innovative critical study, this volume thus takes particular interest in the ways in which author, text and territory help to inform and produce each other in the culturally complex and confident small nation that is twenty-first-century Wales.
1. On the Border(s): The interstitial poetries of the contact zone 2. 'Not without strangeness': Ruth Bidgood's unhomely mid-Wales 3. Frontier Country: Christine Evans 4. 'A kind of authentic lie': Gwyneth Lewis and the lyric sequence 5. Traverses, Ireland/Wales: Gillian Clarke, Christine Evans and Catherine Fisher 6. Wales and/or thereabouts: Sheenagh Pugh, Wendy Mulford and Zoe Skoulding