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The Claims Office Launch Party

I have been contacted by Sarah, organizer of 'The Claims Office launch Party" meet up to advertise the following event hold by the poet Dai George. You may like to visit her meet up's webpage. Below I reported what she wrote me. It sounds interesting!

‘A really fresh and ambitious voice… with assurance and sharp wit, and a brilliant metaphorical repertoire’ – Rowan Williams

THE CLAIMS OFFICEis the startlingly good debut collection by Dai George. Dai is primarily an urban poet, he's drawn to socio-political themes and is fascinated by history and how this effects character, both his own in the 21st century, this is evident within his poetry.

His method is mostly straightforward narrative but the textures and imagery are often elaborate and strange. This rich surface is undercut by an interesting attitude: a mix of rebellious energy and unflinching satire. His ‘nature’ poems are often anti-nature poems, for example the darkly funny ‘Narwhal’.

There are lively pieces about London and New York: ‘Metroland’ and ‘New York on a Shoestring’; skewed loves poems: ‘Plans with the Unmet Wife’. '

His works about his native Wales alternate between an edgy sarcasm and the elegiac tone of the collection's title poem, placing George very much in the lineage of poets like Duncan Bush, John Ormond, Mike Jenkins, Robert Minhinnick and R.S. Thomas; they display a deep suspicion of authority and a reluctance to conform to nationalist cliché. His spiky and tender character sketch of an old Valleys boxer, points to another influence, Gwyn Thomas. The generous forms and temperament of American poet C.K. Williams is another influence on this promising young author.

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  • Romina

    It sounds interesting.. not sure if I can make it..I will try my best and will tell you the meanwhile are you ready for our next meet up???

    November 8, 2013

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