John Ormond (1923-1990) is one of the remarkable generation of poets born in south Wales in the early 1920s which includes Dannie Abse and Leslie Norris. He was a friend of fellow Swansea writers Dylan Thomas and Vernon Watkins, both of whom were key influences on a poetry of consistently high standards. A significant number of his poems, many of them elegiac, probe his Welsh roots; others focus on aspects of the natural world.
“John Ormond’s poems about people are infallibly accurate and compassionate under the surface of humour. His eye for detail is immensely zestful, he is technically adept and varied, and is prepared to try a different, more ambitious manner, and can bring it off. A poet full of individuality.” – Alan Brownjohn
Edited by Rian Evans.