"His subject-matter is rooted in the land, in Wales, and none more so than in the first poem. ... What I liked so much about the collection is the poet’s clarity of expression, the original and distinctive images he uses, his sharp observation of people, and also the commitment to his subject-matter. There is love and tenderness here: not expressed in sentimental poems that over-stay their welcome. His style is spare and economical: he uses language very precisely, rarely uses adjectives, and it is obvious that he has a keen interest in the meaning and derivation of words. His interest in science and mathematics is also apparent in many of the poems, as well as a childlike interest in how the universe works, behind which lies a very sound knowledge of his subject. He also has wide knowledge of other poets’ and of myth and legend – whilst he writes much about Wales and his own immediate family, his work is neither parochial nor insular. He is not afraid to take risks with language, often with stunning effect."
John Lee Grenfell was born in Pontypridd, South Wales in 1968. After attending Coedylan Comprehensive School he went on to study chemistry at Lancaster University and subsequently completed a PhD in atmospheric science at Cambridge University. He has worked for the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City where he contributed to the prediction of global climate change over the coming century. Since 1998 he has worked for the German Space Agency in Berlin investigating potential signatures of life in the atmospheres of planets which lie outside the solar system.