Blodeuwedd is concerned with both personal loss and the organisation of death on a massive scale, by famine or war. Almost half the book is devoted to the remarkable 'dance poem', a modern retelling of the Blodeuwedd story from the Mabinogion, in which Blodeuwedd and her lover plot the death of her husband.
No poet in Wales has been so influenced by Welsh language poetry as Tony Conran. His work is a continuing experiment in adapting Welsh traditions, in both form and subject, to English writing. The result is a powerful and humane poetry.
Tony Conran was born in India, but has spent most of his life in north Wales. He is a former Research Fellow in the English Department at UCNW, Bangor. An outstanding translator, he is also a prize-winning poet in his own right, often combining Welsh traditions with the English language.