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My new poetry collection, Wing,  will be published Faber and Faber

on 6 February 2020.

Wing is a celebration of the richness of nature and of our responses to it. The pleasures of summer are emblazoned in the colourful wings and evocative names of butterflies, while a nocturnal encounter with an earwig becomes a joyous incantation to the 'witchy-beetle, forkin-robin' of dialect. My interest in history gives rise to a sequence based on Robert Hooke's microscopic observations. There are tributes to the poets Basho, Dafydd ap Gwilym and W. S. Graham, to fireworks, apple varieties, and hot toddies. 'Freefall' is an elegy for a friend killed in a parachute accident: maybe even the dead 'sleep on the wing'.

More about Wing coming shortly.

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Matthew Francis:
Poetry and Fiction

I am a poet, novelist and professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. I am the author of six poetry collections, two novels, and a collection of short stories. I am also the editor of W.S. Graham's New Collected Poems, and author of a study of Graham, Where the People Are. I live in west Wales with my wife, Creina.

Photo: Keith Morris / Hay Ffotos /

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