Praise and Poems
In these strongly delineated poems, Philip Ruthen takes us from the Peppermint Lounge in Cardiff to Southbank’s Festival Hall — and from Spain and Denmark to France — by train and by tube, and through the meanderings of the poetic imagination. There are distances and separations to be bridged, he tells us, and new citizenships to be won. Through these strong poetic musings he teaches himself, and us, into a shared citizenship of the heart.
George Wallace – editor www.poetrybay.com
There’s a tremendous energy and electricity of feeling in Philip Ruthen’s highly sensuous poetry; it all works very powerfully together. Compassionate and fiercely felt, ‘Jetty View Holding’ reveals Ruthen as a psycho-geographer for our times, acutely alert to the way place and the human spirit lock down together and to the extraordinary power that our natural, urban and social worlds exert upon the individual psyche. A singular and edgy first collection.