Born in China, Arnold Rattenbury has lived for some 30 years in the slate country of North Wales, Images of a mountainous, deep-valleyed terrain, its dead industries, living traditions, legends and history abound therefore. His poetry here, as in five previous volumes, is always socialist, thrusting ahead out of a long history.
'Passionately attentive to the metaphoric and analogical implications of the natural and human worlds... a very fine collection.' - Stand
'If you have never read him before this is the place to start - a wonderful, incomparable, dissident kind of post-Georgian poetry, unyielding in its intellectual rigour, its craft or its politics. Rattenbury is the last in a remarkable tradition of long-lost English communist poets . . . who looked back to Edward Thomas, and further back to William Morris, for a vision of radical England and radical English poetry.' - Scratch
'The poems, often dark and bitter, explore how capitalism has soiled the beauty of the landscape; his voice vacillates between anger and regret, but is always precise and focused.' - Chapman's
'Despite the relentlessness of these poems, each is tightly written in a mixture of free verse and rhyme, a bitterness tamed into poetry.' - PQR