R.S. Thomas’s Counterpoint is a ground-breaking book of poems. Its themes are familiar, but are given a pointed, contemporary significance: the challenge of scientific knowledge, the threat to the environment, language and the machine age, and more traditionally, love and waiting and stillness. Counterpoint is a visionary work, questioning the givenness of God against a suffering world. Now out of print in its first edition (1990) and subsequent printings, it is included in R.S. Thomas’s Collected Later Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2004).