Damian Walford Davies

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"Overall, Witch is an intriguing and moving poetry collection, which revisits an old story to throw a new and disturbing light on gender and power." - Planet
"...vividly imaginative, intelligent and engrossing." New Welsh Review

"...Walford Davies brilliantly confirms the terrifying cultural power of language. A masterly work perhaps comes to speak most chasteningly through the implacable cultural and linguistic contingencies it sets in play" Poetry Wales

With the narrative pull of a novel and the vibrancy of a play for voices, Damian Walford Davies s Witch offers a thrilling portrait of a Suffolk village in the throes of the witchcraft hunts of the mid-seventeenth century. The poems in this collection are dark spells, compact and moving: seven sections, each of seven poems, each of seven couplets, are delivered by those most closely involved in the making of a witch. The speakers from Thomas Love the priest, the villagers who slowly succumb to suspicion and counter-accusation, the discoverer of witches Francis Hurst, and the witch herself authentically conjure a war-torn society in which religious paranoia amplifies local grievances to fever pitch. Witch is a damning parable that chimes with the terror and anxieties of our own haunted age.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSeren Books
Number of pages72
ISBN (Print)9781854115799
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2012


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