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Dilys Wood Poetry

Dilys Wood
Women Come to a Death

Poetry. 1997. 57 pages. ISBN 0 904872 28 9. £6.95.

Death is both personal and political in this remarkable collection, which begins with the magnificent long poem, 'The Death of a Safety Officer', a dialogue between the dying man and a chorus of women, which relates the closure of the South Yorkshire pits and death of a way of life to the old age and death of an individual miner. The book closes with a sequence of poems where the author nurses her mother through death from cancer. They describe the painful detail of the illness and the strange suspension of normal life as mother and daughter spend these last revealing months together.

'Dilys Wood's first collection is powerful and moving.' PQR

'Wood is good at handling strong, simple words, and she is particularly skilful at evoking moods. She writes with a swift impressionism, tautly constructed, exact and disciplined.' The North

Click on book for a poem from it.