An Elusive State

STEVE GRIFFITHS POET

It’s a parallel universe, a magical epic, a comfort, a mystery”  

                                                    BBC Producer Laura Thomas, 2007  

 

A man hits fifty. He grew up surrounded by a belief in progress. Now he, and the world around him, are not so sure.    He creates a Utopia to comfort himself.  Steve Griffiths's cycle of poems tells the story of the life and death of an imaginary utopia.

 

"…a book about maturity, history, mistakes, places, death, democracy, power, laughter in the dark, science in the context of these matters, glasses half full or half empty, cups overflowing and the advantages and disadvantages of this…"

 

The cycle began with a vision in the province of Granada which merged a twilight in the hill town of Montefrio with one in Griffiths's home village in Anglesey, North Wales, as the lights came on one by one.   Steve read from al-Chwm on Radio Three’s ‘The Verb’ in 2006.

  

“An Elusive State is a poetic epic of time, place and language….both as invented as More’s original Utopia, and as real as the small town on Anglesey where Griffiths was born…… a distinctive, distinguished accomplishment….. truly a parable of many parallels, one for and beyond our times......”

                                                          Amanda Hopkinson, Planet, 2009

 

“This subtle poetry is as intellectually resourceful and stimulating as it is poetically satisfying”

                                                                  M. Wynn Thomas, 2009

 

"Challenging, refreshing…the tangential world we really inhabit.... ambitious, demanding and should be seen… The book has a strong and well maintained intellectual thrust which frankly sets it apart from much modern poetry. Al-Chwm itself flickers before us like a mirage, but changes shape as the next poem arrives. In the end...we must realise that the people these ambitious and challenging poems describe are ourselves, and that they represent the permanently unsettled (and unsettling) human imagination. The book is a quest, and for every reader that quest will have a different result. Maybe that is its great value."

Robert Minhinnick, 2008

 

An early response to the manuscript:

 

"…let me say how much I enjoyed the manuscript – it was a real breath of fresh air, genuinely individual....”                                       

Don Paterson

 

     

AN ELUSIVE STATE - ENTERING AL-CHWM (CINNAMON PRESS, 2008)

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An Elusive State: Entering al–Chwm (Cinnamon Press, 2008)

 

‘It’s a parallel universe, a magical epic, a comfort, a mystery’

BBC Producer Laura Thomas, 2007

 

A man hits fifty. He grew up surrounded by a belief in progress. Now he, and the world around him, are not so sure. He creates a Utopia to comfort himself. Steve Griffiths’s cycle of poems tells the story of the life and death of an imaginary utopia:

 

“…a book about maturity, history, mistakes, places, death, democracy, power, laughter in the dark, science in the context of these matters, glasses half full or half empty, cups overflowing and the advantages and disadvantages of this…”

 

The cycle began with a vision in the province of Granada which merged a twilight in the hill town of Montefrio with one in Griffiths’s home village in Anglesey, North Wales, as the lights came on one by one. Steve read from al-Chwm on Radio Three’s ‘The Verb’ in 2006.

 

“An Elusive State is a poetic epic of time, place and language….both as invented as More’s original Utopia, and as real as the small town on Anglesey where Griffiths was born…… a distinctive, distinguished accomplishment….. truly a parable of many parallels, one for and beyond our times……”

Amanda Hopkinson, Planet, 2009

 

“This subtle poetry is as intellectually resourceful and stimulating as it is poetically satisfying”

M. Wynn Thomas, 2009

 

Here are some early responses to the manuscript:

 

“…let me say how much I enjoyed the manuscript – it was a real breath of fresh air, genuinely individual….”

Don Paterson

 

“…Challenging, refreshing…the tangential world we really inhabit…. ambitious, demanding and should be seen…”

Robert Minhinnick