Ruth is one of seventy-two great-great-grandchildren of Charles Darwin. Ruth Padel has won the first prize in one of our most coveted awards, the National Poetry Competition. The quality of her work has remained timeless with much enviable consistency. All great poets have a deep sense of music and how words assemble in line with that sate of mind. But Ruth’s understanding of it goes deeper. She grew up playing chamber music and singing, and took raga lessons. Singing and playing music of all kinds, especially classical and world music, informs her work deeply.
In Christopher Reid’s many poems the words invoke a real airy, sensual presence of images. In your transference to the ambience, you are presented with smell, taste and the sensation of touch.