A Last Look. Robert Wells. Paperback, 36 pp. ISBN 978-1-869848-08-8. £6.00. 22 Sept 2016.
Robert Wells was born in Oxford in 1947. He has worked as a
woodman, a teacher and in publishing. He lives in France. His
Collected Poems and Translations (Carcanet Press) appeared in
‘...quietly determined and original...for more than 30 years he
has pursued the question of landscape, how it might be lived
in and worked in, recorded and celebrated.’
- Charles Bainbridge, The Guardian.
‘Wells inherits a faith in a poem as a thing in itself, that has
value in a real world as well as an idyllic one’
- Tom Payne, Times Literary Supplement.
This pamphlet contains fifteen new poems. From the coins of
Greek antiquity to a group of young folk with a laptop via the
Mediterranean and Exmoor, the poet gives us objects, lives and
places of interest: occasions of insight into the partly chosen,
partly given, worlds of his and others’ energetic existences. The
poems in A Last Look are artefacts made with loving exactitude
in the personal workshop of memory.