Philip Gross, one of our leading contemporary poets, launched his new poetry collection at the Friends Meeting House, Charles Street, Cardiff, on Friday 6th November.
The evening was thought-provoking and entertaining, deeply human and accessible. We welcomed around 45 people, about one third of whom were Quakers, and needed to put out more chairs.
Love Songs of Carbon is Philip Gross’s 18th book of poetry, and is a coming of age. Recommending this collection, the Poetry Book Society selectors wrote ‘At the heart of all of Gross’s collections has been his deep enquiry into and fascination with the nature of embodiment and existence – what water is and does in The Water Table, the role of language, and speech especially, in identity and the self in Deep Field and Later. Now in Love Songs of Carbon Gross tests and feels his amazed way through the mysteries of the multiple manifestations of love and ageing… ‘
These poems are at home with great shifts of perspective, from the outer edge of science to the sensations at our fingertips. These are love poems, both to the person and to the body itself, even as – especially as – it faces entropy and decay.
There was no charge for the event and the money was raised through collection buckets and the generous donation of Philip’s percentage of all the sales made that evening.
If you missed it, it’s not too late to buy copies of Philip’s poetry books, both Love Songs of Carbon and previous collections. A selection is available on a Sunday morning at the Meeting House and Philip is generously donating the proceeds to the development appeal. Christmas presents solved for literary friends?!