There are poems, too, about visual art, a preoccupation of the author, with painting, sculpture and photography all prominent. And there are intimate poems about family and friends, including the much admired 'Thoughts from the Holiday Inn', his elegy for John Tripp which also traces the changing face of society in Wales.
Throughout, these poems show the formal control, keen observation and honesty of feeling which mark Curtis as such "an interesting and unpredictable poet" (PN Review). The Last Candles is Tony Curtis's fourth full collection, the first since his successful Selected Poems (1986), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Tony Curtis is Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan where he directs an MPhil in Writing. He has published 26 books, including nine poetry collections, including Heaven's Gate (2001). A selection of his poetry has recently been translated and published in Armenia. He is also the editor of several anthologies including After the First Death, a volume of war writing (2007).