January’s poet, and editor of Poetry Wales, kicks us off on a new series of monthly features where we ask a poet to impart their knowledge and experience of writing a poem. How do they do it? What approach do they take? What gets them writing? Each poem is as unique as its author, and so is the writing process, so we bring to you a monthly instalment and a very unique insight into some of Poetry Wales’s poets.
Here is Nia’s succinct (and poetic) approach:
1. Fill up to overflowing on language then breathe out
2. Process, interrogate, translate, listen
3. Eat many forms. Destroy many forms. Remember that many forms bleed
Bodies. Rhythms. Motion. Sounds. All fours is a debut collection of poetry from Nia Davies, a book of rituals in language that stalk the space between what is uttered and what is meant. These poems are haunted by the strange traces of the longest words in the world and folk-mythic figures such as Sinbad, Eurydice, Mossy Coat, Pan and Baba Yaga. They pose riddles with multiple or mysterious answers.
A swerving sweary jump into a terrain that is both comically musical and perplexedly political,All fours speaks of the (mis)adventures of sex and human communication, a life full-to-bursting with burning questions.
Nia Davies writes rich and adventurous poems. Her work feels borderless, influenced by experimental American and eastern European poetries. In the event that an “I” surfaces in her work, it is defiantly plastic and multivalent.’ – Dai George