Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has a new book of poems out this month, first presented at the Edinburgh Book Festival, where I got my hands on a copy.
The Other Mountain, published by Carcanet, includes a couple of his translations from Welsh (his first language) into English, of another great Williams, Waldo.
Rowan’s collection resonates with his engagement with Waldo’s work, the South Welsh landscape in which they both grew up, and the commitment to peace which they both shared.
And like another Welsh favourite of mine, R. S. Thomas, he’s not an easy read – take one at a time, to savour every word, or, with poems like Nagasaki or Yellow Star, to reel and recover.
Here’s one of the translations from The Other Mountain, alongside the original:
Welsh original: Copyright © Estate of Waldo Williams (adm. Gwasg Gomer); English translation Copyright © Rowan Williams 2014