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W.H. Davies

Saints and Lodgers: Poems of W.H. Davies

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This book will be released in September 2020

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William Henry Davies (1871–1940) was a Welsh poet and
writer. He was also a traveller and adventurer, often living
on his wits as a tramp and itinerant labourer. After a serious
accident while attempting to board a train in eastern Canada
while on the way to the Klondike Gold Fields he returned
to London and began to write. He would become one of the
most popular poets of his time with his work championed by
both Edward Thomas and George Bernard Shaw.

Famous for his prose memoir The Autobiography of a Super-
tramp
, he is best-known as a poet for ‘Leisure’, a hymn to
living slow and having ‘time to stand and stare’. Saints and
Lodgers
offers an introduction to the wide range of Davies’s
poetry which lies beyond his famous reputation. Here are
hymns to the beauty of his native south Wales and to the
natural world, poems in praise of lives lived on the margins
and on the streets, drinking songs and songs of the sea. More
than anything, as Newport poet Jonathan Edwards argues
in his compelling introduction, Davies emerges as a poet
of people, who never turns away from the suffering or the
beauty of the saints and lodgers among whom he lives.


Jonathan Edwards’s first collection of poems, My Family and Other
Superheroes
received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the
Year People’s Choice Award. He lives in Crosskeys, near Newport, and is
editor of Poetry Wales.