Editorial: Winter 2016

How do you fuck up a system from within? asks Aase Berg. The hacker and the parasite are metaphors she uses at length in her new collection  Hackers, extracts of which are translated from Swedish by Johannes Görannson in this issue. The hacker and the parasite enter the host culture and wreak havoc from the inside. In her poems […]

Poem: Menna Elfyn, translated by Robert Minhinnick

English translation below by Robert Minhinnick   EXIT   1 Yn blentyn, ni ddeallwn y llythyren X, ai Crist yn cario ei groes ar oledd oedd? Wedyn, ei weld fel llythyren ddieithr– llifolau uwchben y gair lle cuddiai nefoedd anwel a chartref Duw lawr ar y lôn a wenai’n rasol at lewyrch sgrin. A chyn […]

Editor Blog: Heaney’s HomePlace

In Bellaghy in County Derry a new centre, HomePlace, dedicated to the late poet Seamus Heaney has been built, and opened earlier this month. That such a home place for poetry be built in 2016, that it should be erected here in a quiet village known more for its past than its present or future, that […]

Blog: Disability, Infirmity, Audience – Steve Griffiths

LATE LOVE POET ON FILM: DISABILITY, INFIRMITY, AUDIENCE  by Steve Griffiths   My seventh collection, ‘Late Love Poems‘, was published by Cinnamon Press this year.  It was preceded by a week-by-week uploading to YouTube of thirty short films of performances of poems from the book, filmed in a range of settings and styles by Eamon […]

Editorial: Summer 2016

Sharon Morris’s poems and photography in this issue bury deep into the Preseli hills. Here Morris uncovers signs of great significance in poems haunted in two languages by a mother and a culture past – a very ancient past. Preseli is particularly dense in Neolithic signs: the Bluestone quarry of Carn Meini that produced the stone transported to Salisbury […]

Editor Blog: at Poetry International, Rotterdam

Arriving in Rotterdam for 2016’s Poetry International (7th – 10th June 2016) it felt refreshing, at first, to escape the shrill and anxiety-inducing debate on the UK’s future in or outside the European Union. Of course it’s what most people asked me about once there. But to enter poetry’s dimension for a few days was […]

Concrete Poem: Childe Roland

The B-Line by Childe Roland The B-Line is inspired by the shape of the letter B which has not changed since its Egyptian hieroglyph origins. It still depicts the floor plan of a two roomed hut. It was called BETH. It can be found even in Welsh place names like Bethel. Inclined on one side I found […]

First Thursday, Cardiff, June 2016

Thursday June 2nd, 7.30pm, £2.50 Media Point, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff Poetry Wales returns to Cardiff’s First Thursday literary evening on June 2nd 2016. We’ll be celebrating our new Desire issue with contributors Suze de Lee and Rhys Trimble, Tamara Dellutri and Emily Blewitt. Plus there’s the famous open mic. Visit the First Thursday Facebook […]

Poem: Palatine Hill by Wanda O’Connor

Palatine Hill   Find me not in the Pantheon but with the aviaries of Palatine Hill &nbsp‘mark yourself foreign’ Remnants of copper wire pierce the earth, my own flesh and blood leaves me I’m inflicted with Caesar’s sensations of fullness1 __(two solitudes: one a secret fault) a life I could not live for lack of […]

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