Living in the Delta, Landeg White's Collected and New Poems, brings together work from nine previous collections.
Welsh by birth, White is a citizen of the world, having lived and written and taught on three continents.
It is a Welsh tradition of course to be a traveller, voyager and settler in all parts of the planet, and White's poetry embodies this.
It also reflects the ancient Welsh tradition of the poet-scholar; he is a noted academic-editor, translator and historian-an authority on Africa and Portuguese literature. Fortunately for us he is a poet too, talented and dedicated.
The experience of reading his writing make you want to read more-it is warm, humane, intelligent and immensely readable.
Commentators on his work are apt to use politically incorrect words and phrases such as 'masterpiece' and 'major poet'.
He is a brilliant comic writer for instance, and can move in an instant from sly wit to laugh-out-loud funny.
Yet suddenly with a poem like 'African Incident' you are in the midst of tragedy.He is a moving celebrant of love and family and community; a passionate, meticulous observer of the natural world-it is difficult to think of a living writer who is a more complete poet.