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A Sea in the Desert

A Sea in the Desert

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Leslie Norris's eleventh collection of poetry is marked by his observation of the natural world.

Many of the poems are concerned with the cyclical processes of nature migration, the seasons, life and death. They are written with all the sharpness of language, exactness of imagery and vivid painterly description which readers have come to expect in his work.

Among these nature poems are others about Norris's childhood, one tinged with foreboding at the prospect of a Second World War and with regret at the subsequent deaths of many of his friends. These poems, and a meditation at the grave of Dylan Thomas, are marked by a finely articulated compassion and humanity.

"Has the ability to transport emotion by way of observation of nature, letting the latter operate as a symbolic agent... one is reminded of the best of Thomas Hardy"

"His ear is perfect as well as his eye, and the deftness of his technique with language is a constant delight"
Ted Walker

Leslie Norris (1921 - 2006) was born in Merthyr Tydfil. Formerly a teacher and headmaster, he for many years taught literature and creative writing in American universities, most recently at Brigham Young, Utah, where he was Christiansen Professor of Poetry. He wrote poetry since 1941 and published eleven collections, including a Selected Poems.