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Poet, born 1923 Gorseinon, educated Gowerton Grammar School and University College Swansea, graduating in physics; also gained a mathematics degree with the Open University in 1978. After working as an apprentice engineer, telephone operator, civil servant and serving as a lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals, he became a senior lecturer in physics at West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education; now retired. Has contributed to several poetry magazines in England and Wales; founder member of Swansea Poetry Workshop. Runner–up in the Welsh Arts Council New Poets competition in 1983. Elected a member of the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales Gorsedd of Bards in 2002 at St. Davids.
With respect to The Survivor: Poems 1970-1990 (Swansea Poetry Workshop, 1990):
"…these poems strike you anew as having a particular grace. The Survivor will repay re-reading. It is a wise and gentle book…"
New Welsh Review
"…There is a marvellous fluidity of images, puns and rhythms…a fluency of language and free verse forms of these poems which are subtly filled with near rhyme and half rhyme…"
"…the passion is a long way below the surface, but it is there, an underground river feeding the roots of his art...like a tree his work will outlive generations of more exotic plants...his controlled moulding of emotion into serene art..."
With respect to Late Lamps: Poems 1990-1998 (Swansea Poetry Workshop, 2002):
"...Evans has a young mind in an old body, the world still astonishes him; he can’t stop looking and his vision is enhanced by age and experience..."
New Welsh Review
With respect to Paper Songs: Poems 1999-2002 (Swansea Poetry Workshop, 2002):
"...displays an array of mature writing skills, an engaging and organised intelligence and an individual poetic voice...assured and loaded with integrity..."
"...an intensity and compression to Evans’ poems which give them their charge of emotion...a strongly textured and stimulating collection..."
Stone Corn (Swansea Poetry Workshop, 1979)
The Survivor: Poems 1970-1990 (Swansea Poetry Workshop, 1990)
Late Lamps: Poems 1990-1998 (Swansea Poetry Workshop, 2002)
Paper Songs: Poems 1999-2002 (Swansea Poetry Workshop, 2002)
A Spent Season: Poems 2007 (Morfa Publications, 2008)
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