The New Poetry in Wales thinks about the appropriateness of applying postcolonial
theories to the cultural and political history of Wales, and analyses how much that
history is reflected in contemporary Welsh poetry in English.
Ian Gregson maintains that the most exciting poetry in Britain is being written in
In this book, he demonstrates how contemporary Welsh poets, including Robert Minhinnick,
Gwyneth Lewis, Oliver Reynolds and Stephen Knight and many others, have evolved techniques
to explore the most pressing issues in today's culture; for example, their poems
express their anxieties about environmental issues and the damage inflicted on the
third world by global capitalism.
It also explores how questions about language have acquired such significance, a
particularly urgent theme for Welsh poets. Nevertheless, these poets also draw upon
the traditional themes of poetry, often using traditional poetic forms such as rhyming
stanzas which are given a vivid and modern slant through their use of contemporary