‘If ever I saw blessing in the air
I see it now in this still early day…’
Laurie Lee is beloved for his writing on a lost rural world. His evocative poetry springs from his deep connection with nature, as he tracks the seasons changing and the years turning over. Yet Lee’s poems also captured war, human relationships and distant places, informed by his own experiences of lives uprooted by change and conflict. Written during the course of his lifetime, the verses brought together in Collected Poems range over Lee playing his fiddle in a Spanish town; ecstatic in springtime of his beloved Slad valley; or digging for faith in the depths of winter.
Gathered in one volume for the first time, and including a generous selection of previously unseen verses from Lee’s archives, these timeless, poignant poems show him expressing the essence of life, love and loss.