The book opens with poems set in and around his home country of south Wales, and includes a sequence based on the history of an ancestral house, Dunraven. We then move on to work inspired by the poet's travels in South America and the U.S.A. This includes the title poem 'Hey Fatman', a splendid baroque essay on the characters gathered in a Rio beach bar.
Indeed, the whole volume presents us with a series of vivid portraits, before closing with the long poem, 'The Swimming Lesson', an artful immersion in previously unexplored territory.
Robert Minhinnick is the prize-winning author of two volumes of essays and seven volumes of poetry. He has also edited a book on the environment in Wales, written for television and provided columns for The Western Mail and Planet. He is the co-founder of the environmental organisation, Sustainable Wales, and is currently the editor of Poetry Wales.