‘Trees in a Town’ (1963) Occasioned by the felling of two chestnut trees outside Lloyds Bank, St Helen’s Road, Swansea, where Vernon Watkins worked.
‘The Snow Curlew’ (January 1963) Gwen Watkins writes: ‘“The Snow Curlew” brings full circle the sequence of elegies which began with “The Curlew”’(Poems for Dylan, ed. Gwen Watkins).
‘To A Shell’ (1965) The last poem about Dylan Thomas included by Watkins in one of his own collections. The ‘house facing the sea’ is Sea View, Laugharne.
‘The Beaver’ (1964) Written after a visit to W.H. Auden in America in 1964.
‘Triads’ (1962) The poem with which Watkins concluded his final volume. Some of the earliest Welsh literature was composed in ‘Triads’. Watkins said of his links with early Welsh poetry: ‘Although I do not often read Aneurin, Taliesin and Llywarch Hen, because I have not learnt enough Welsh, I think their poetry is the finest early poetry in Britain, and unsurpassed, in its kind, since. Even through translation the force of this poetry makes itself clear. I feel the affinity with these poets which does not come from study, or history, but from instinct. Their roots go very deep; their truth is unmistakable’ (letter to Meic Stephens, 29 January 1967, NLW MS 22464E).
Uncollected Poems (1969) Selected and introduced by Kathleen Raine. All except one of the poems are dated 1966 or 1967. The three included here are among the last Watkins wrote.
The Ballad of the Outer Dark (1979) Poems written between 1944 and 1967. (The title-poem, ‘The Ballad of the Outer Dark’, not included here, begins where ‘The Ballad of the Mari Lwyd’ ends, just after midnight.)
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