On the ninth day of Christmas… ‘The Year’s Midnight’ by Gillian Clarke

On the ninth day of Christmas... ‘The Year’s Midnight’ by Gillian Clarke

Published on Friday 21 December 2012

This is the ninth post of our advent calendar, featuring the poets and poems from The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Four).

‘The Year’s Midnight’ is a poem taken from Gillian Clarke’s new collection Ice, published by Carcanet Press, and written about the unusually harsh winters of 2009 and 2010. The publisher describes her work as following “in the rich millennium-old Welsh tradition of occasional writing going back to the first-known named British poets Aneirin and Taliesin in the sixth century.”

As the National Poet of Wales, Clarke certainly works hard to get the well-developed literary culture of Wales recognised further afield. In fact, those who enjoy reading ‘The Year’s Midnight’ should keep an eye out for our pamphlet that she has edited and contributed to, Ten Poems from Wales: Fourteen Centuries of Verse, set to be published in the Spring.

Photograph by Chantel Beam Photography (CC BY-SA 2.0).

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