Manylion a Disgrifiad y Llyfr | Book Details & Description
- ISBN: 9781845275082
- Mike Jenkins
- Publication February 2015
- Format: Paperback, 215x138 mm, 112 pages
Mike Jenkins is a retired teacher who lives in Merthyr Tydfil. He conducts creative writing workshops and blogs weekly on www.mikejenkins.net.
BARKIN!, his previous book of poems and stories, written in the Merthyr dialect, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year in 2014.
He has been the co-editor of Red Poets magazine for 20 years.
The title poem marks Mike Jenkins’ transition from the teaching profession to a free-ranging life thereafter. In this new collection of his work, there's a wide variety of subject-matter and approach. His longer poem, 'Journey of the Taf’, traces the river's journey from watershed to sea; a sequence of poems on the Troubles of Northern Ireland takes many viewpoints, including that of a car and chair! He pays homage to poets, dead and alive and there’s verse voicing concern about threats of a seagull on Cardiff Central station. Through all his work, the poet's wit and passion is pervasive.
'Will provide chuckles, inspiration and food for thought. Unreservedly recommended!' - Ceri Shaw (americymru), about 'BARKIN!'
Mike Jenkins writes in a unique style that is sometimes raucous and often sardonic, but it can also be tender and plaintive, with a deep understanding of 'ordinary' lives'.